Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho on Tuesday evening completed a £25 million move from Manchester City to Leicester City after passing a medical, AOIFootball.com can report.
With the move done, the Nigerian can now settle down to rejig his career after playing just 528 minutes last season for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with 3 assists and 4 goals to show in the English Premier League. Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is thought to have high regard for the 20 year old and will certainly give Iheanacho enough playing time to show what he’s got.
The fee however makes him the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January.
The forward will join Nigerian compatriots and team mates in the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi to form a Nigerian trio at the King Power Stadium.
The transfer, which has been in the offing for weeks, was held up by legal issues over his image rights with his former agents. But sources close to the player confirmed to KweséESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.
However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24-48 hours as the club tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.
Also Manchester City have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which it’s understood to have been pegged at £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.
It is unlikely, but Iheanacho could be announced in time to be involved in Friday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach at the King Power Stadium.
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