As per one of the latest reports by ESPN, Kelechi Iheanacho has had his medical and is all set to make his long awaited move to the King Power Stadium. The former Premier League champions have dished out a whopping £25million transfer fee to Manchester City in order to acquire the services of one of the most blossoming starlets in the game.
Although the fee was agreed a month ago, there are still some outstanding legal issues with respect to the former and current agent of the player, which would be needed to be sorted before he can ply his trade for the Foxes. Craig Shakespeare has already added Vicente Iborra, Eldin Jakupovic and Harry Maguire to their arsenal this summer but is still far from being a satisfied man.
However, Shakespeare is frustrated due to the pendency of legal battles which have obviously left him in an awkward predicament. Leicester City are due to face Arsenal on 11th August, and without any doubt, it would be a crunchy fixture. Impliedly, the more time Iheanacho gets to acclimatize with his new teammates, the better would be his productivity, and thus, Shakespeare’s worry makes complete sense.
The news of his medical is a step in the right direction for the club, and it is likely to be a matter of hours before the deal is announced. Nonetheless, the Nigerian international is a massive addition to the ranks of Leicester. Iheanacho emerged through the youth ranks of Taye Academy and the blue half of Manchester, before being promoted to the senior side of the latter.
Iheanacho created a buzz in the Premier League with the calibre he put on his tray to offer, despite the limited amount of opportunities he received. In 20 games last season in the English top flight (15 of which were as a substitute), the young striker bagged 4 goals and registered 3 assists to his name. An excellent dribbler and finisher, Iheanacho is a shrewd passer of the ball and an intriguing threat during the counter-attacks.
Besides, he shoots the ball really well, has the requisite pace in his legs and has shown immense maturity despite his young age. The plethora of stars in the line-up of the Citizens implied that to accumulate more time under his belt, staying at the Etihad Stadium would not have helped him and thus, the move is a win-win one for all the parties involved.
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