Kelechi Iheanacho closes in on Leicester city move

Kelechi Iheanacho closes in on Leicester city move


Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho is set for a medical at Leicester today after being made surplus to requirements as Pep Guardiola looks to radically overhaul his squad

The young attacker is on the verge of joining Leicester City for a fee of £25 million, Goal understands.

The Nigeria international had attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer but he was left out of City’s pre-season tour of the United States in July as Leicester emerged as front-runners to land his signature.

Kelechi Iheanacho listening to instructions from Pep Guardiola

Kelechi Iheanacho listening to instructions from Pep Guardiola
Photo credit: The Sun

The principles of the £25m deal have been in place for some time but the move was held up due to an image rights issue between Kelechi Iheanacho and his former representatives.

The striker will now have a medical in the East Midlands on Tuesday and the move is set to be completed this week.

City have insisted on a buy-back clause in the deal and it has been reported that the Etihad Stadium outfit will be able to re-sign Kelechi Iheanacho for a fee of around £35m.

Kelechi Iheanacho emerged onto the scene under Manuel Pellegrini during the 2015-16 season but struggled for regular playing time under Pep Guardiola last term.

Guardiola made it clear to Iheanacho that he would have to find a new club at the beginning of the summer as City aim to recoup at least £100m in player sales this summer.

Midfielder Fernando is also on the verge of a move away from the Etihad, with Galatasaray heavily linked.

The sales of Iheanacho and Fernando will take the total amount of players sold by City this summer from around £30m to over £60m. Nolito, Enes Unal, Aaron Mooy and Aleksandar Kolarov have all been sold so far, while Fabian Delph is thought to be close to a move to Stoke City.

Buyers are yet to be found for Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer.

The Blues have already spent in excess of £200m this summer and they remain determined to bring in at least one new forward and a centre-back.

The citizens kicks off their 2017-2018 premier league season on Saturday, 12th August, 2017 away against newcomers, Brighton & Hove Albion at the East Sussex.


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