Manchester City have today sold striker Kelechi Iheanacho to Premier League side Leicester City in a deal worth £25million, both clubs have announced. The Nigerian has signed a five-year deal and said he hopes to “achieve a lot” at his new club.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 3, 2017
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 3, 2017
This transfer has been expected to go through for weeks but a number of weeks, but several issues, including the inclusion of a £50million buy-back clause, which City have successfully negotiated, delayed it.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare identified Iheanacho, 20, as one of his primary summer targets and now has his man, who is expected to replace club record signing Islam Slimani.
Despite breaking into the first team under Manuel Pellegrini, Kelechi struggled for game time after the arrival of Pep Guardiola, and the signing of Gabriel Jesus pushed him further down the pecking order.
The arrival of Iheanacho at the King Power Stadium lessens the burden on England striker Jamie Vardy at Leicester and the club have made it a priority to add another striker in the transfer window.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 games for Manchester City, an impressive return for a young player who often came off the bench.
From everyone at City Watch, good luck Kelechi and we hope to see you back in the sky blue of City some day!