Nigeria Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho who has scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Manchester City is reportedly close to making a move worth £25 million (N1.25 billion) to former English Premier League champions Leicester City.
This is according to media reports on Thursday, which said the 20-year-old is in advanced talks with the Foxes and is thought to be well interested in making the switch.
Iheanacho, who has been very impressive for the Super Eagles and since making his debut for Manchester City in 2015, has scored 21 goals in 64 games in all competitions.
He signed a new contract last August, which is to end in 2021, but saw his playing time limited by the arrival in January of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester City’s signing of Gabriel Jesus was one meant to strike fear into Sergio Aguero. The Brazilian golden boy was brought in to compete with his new Argentine club-mate and lessen the pressure put on him by those at the club. And while it did just that, up until Jesus suffered a season-ending injury in February, it may have ultimately ended fellow forward Kelechi Iheanacho’s long-term future at the club.
Despite being directly involved in a goal every 74.9 minutes across all competitions for City since 2015-16 — 21 goals and seven assists — Iheanacho has been starved of first-team football by Pep Guardiola. Iheanacho managed just five Premier League starts last season under the Catalan, despite a spurt of goals in the first part of the campaign.
Through no fault of his own, his career has stagnated horribly and an Etihad exit has now become inevitable.
The position Iheanacho finds himself at City is not necessarily a negative one. Still only 20, with his athleticism, international experience and one of the most clinical set of goalscoring statistics in the English top-flight, Iheanacho has no shortage of potential suitors. The question has been who will he agree to sign for. We appear to have a twenty five million pounds answer sans Leicester City.