Kelechi Iheanacho has signed for Leicester City for a fee believed to be £25 million from Manchester City. This has been a protracted deal, that was held up by contractual issues. These were rumoured to be regarding a buy-back clause and a dispute over the striker’s image rights, but they have been resolved. The Nigerian is now a Foxes player and this could be looked back on as one of the best signings made this summer.
It was a disappointing season for the striker last year, as he wasn’t afforded many first-team opportunities under Pep Guardiola. He featured 28 times for the club and scored on seven occasions, but he only made one start for City in 2017. During the campaign, it became evident that the Nigerian international didn’t suit the style of the club’s new manager and a move away is in his best interests if he is to fulfil his potential.
The Telegraph report that City insisted on a buy-back option of £50 million, which suggests that the club still see a future for him at the Etihad Stadium. This is a smart piece of business by the club, especially the direction that transfer fees are headed. Chelsea suffered this summer for not having a similar clause in place with Romelu Lukaku and the Citizens have learnt from that. At the age of 20, Iheanacho still has massive potential and if he fulfils it, £50 million will prove to be a bargain for him in the future.
Leicester deserve a lot of credit for pulling this deal off. It is certainly a coup and they will now enter the season as a force to be reckoned with. They made progress under Craig Shakespeare towards the end of last season and the addition of Iheanacho will only provide further momentum. The difficulty could be fitting him in the same team as Jamie Vardy, but if the two develop a good understanding, they could emerge as the best strike partnership in the league.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Iheanacho’s transfer to Leicester City:
— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 3, 2017
— LCFC Away Days (@lcfcawaydays_) August 1, 2017
Kelechi Iheanacho's shots on target in the league for Man City:
19 shots on target ?
12 goals scored ?? pic.twitter.com/E7g25BYi2y
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 1, 2017
BREAKING: Kelechi Iheanacho has joined Leicester City on a five-year contract..
Could be a VERY decent signing for the Foxes? pic.twitter.com/9vOuDOjBVJ
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 3, 2017
Leicester fans were excited by the news:
— Dan maddock (@danmad) August 3, 2017
Literally have to pinch yourself being a Leicester fan these last few years. We have just signed iheanacho. Wow #lcfc
— JDG (@JonnyGardner7) August 3, 2017
— A Cup of Sport (@acupofsport) August 3, 2017
City fans wished him well and were pleased with the buy back clause:
— JSGC (@JSGC171) August 3, 2017
Given the price fetched by Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku, getting Kelechi back for 50m on what would be 25m net spend would be a bargain.
— Seattle's Cityzens (@MCFCSeattle) August 3, 2017
— Tone MCFC ?? (@MCFCTone) August 3, 2017
— Matt Astbury (@MAstbury7) August 3, 2017