Kelechi Iheanacho’s move to Leicester City is very close to completion, with Sky Sports reporting that there is an agreement in principle for the Nigerian striker to join the Foxes in a deal worth around £25million.
If a report by The Sun has any merit though, there may be some late drama, with the suggestion that Tottenham could move for the 20-year-old and in the process speed up a deal that would see Kyle Walker finally join Manchester City.
Despite the outline of an agreement being in place, Leicester are not the only side keen on Kelechi, with Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco also among his admirers.
And The Sun suggests that Spurs could request Iheanacho to unlock a deal for Kyle Walker, with the two clubs at a stalemate in talks for the England right-back because of Daniel Levy’s £50million asking price.
Including Iheanacho in a player-plus-cash deal could be the key to City getting Walker, one of Pep Guardiola’s primary targets this summer, and help Spurs solve a problem of their own.
Vincent Janssen has been a huge disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino’s side since his £19million move from AZ a year ago, finding the net just twice in the Premier League. And though several years younger, Iheanacho has proven he has an eye for goal, with 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Blues – often when appearing off the bench. This would make him ideal to ease the heavy burden on Harry Kane to find the net.
While this is a very speculative story (swap deals are reported a hundred times more than they actually happen), the idea has some logic to it, but the likelihood is that Iheanacho will be a Leicester player soon and City will continue to haggle a fee with Tottenham for Walker.