Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to fellow Premier League side Leicester City was announced last night on the Foxes’ official website, with the Nigerian signing a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium.
The 20-year-old forward has joined up with Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare in a £25 million switch, becoming his fourth addition of the transfer window to date.
Speaking to Leicester City TV, Iheanacho said:
“It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.
“I was convinced and I’m happy to be here. I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully achieve a lot.”
Iheanacho burst into the Manchester City first-team two seasons ago after graduating through the Etihad Academy system, scoring 12 times in 46 Premier League matches and 21 in all competitions.
It is thought that he could make his Leicester debut against Borussia Monchengladbach this evening.
In other news, it seems to be a good week for Etihad exits as the Daily Mail report that Brazilian midfielder Fernando has touched down in Turkey ahead of undergoing a medical with Galatasaray.
It is understood that he has already held discussions with the Turkish side over a three-year switch to the Super Lig worth £52,000-per-week, with the move likely to cost Galatasaray an initial fee of £4.75million.
The 30-year-old has struggled to impose himself since the arrival of Pep Guardiola last summer, only being awarded a single start in 2017, and it is expected that his exit will be announced by next Monday.
Lastly, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has insisted that the £50million transfer fee that saw him make the move from Tottenham to the Etihad last month doesn’t bother him heading into the new season.
The 27-year-old right-back became the most expensive defender ever – momentarily at least, until Benjamin Mendy also joined City in a £52 million deal – leaving White Hart Lane after an eight-year spell.
But he claims the fee means nothing to him, saying to ESPN:
“It’s totally out of my hands. Whatever the two clubs decide is up to them. All I need to do is prove to the manager and to the team as well that my head’s here.
“I want to go on and win things. That was my main reason for joining, and also working with the gaffer who can pass on his experience and […] will hopefully improve my game.”
Walker and his fellow Manchester City teammates face one final pre-season test against Premier League rivals West Ham in Iceland today before their season opener with newly-promoted Brighton on August 12.