Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this afternoon confirmed that striker Kelechi Iheanacho will depart the club within the next fortnight.
On the move
20-year-old Nigerian international Iheanacho has long been linked with a departure from the Etihad, with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus at the club earlier this year pushing the youngster further down the attacking pecking order behind the Brazilian and fellow South American superstar Sergio Aguero.
With this in mind, several Premier League clubs have been in contact with the Citizens regarding Iheanacho, with West Ham United and Leicester City having been battling it out as the main contenders for the striker’s signature.
Tottenham were also reported to have made an offer for the 10-time capped international, though it looks as though Leicester have won the race for the in-demand striker, with a £25 million deal having been agreed.
On the move
Speaking at a press conference in Houston, Citizens boss Guardiola confirmed that Iheanacho will be departing the Etihad club over the next 10 days, though he did not reveal whether it was the Foxes that had secured his signature.
‘Kelechi is a young player. It was easy, an honour to work with him, because it’s not easy for him, I didn’t give him a lot of choices.’
‘But he’s close to making a transfer. Maybe in the next week, in the next 10 days, it’s going to finish.’
However, a glimmer of hope remains for a Blues future for Iheanacho, with Guardiola also confirming that the club will be inserting a buyback clause in the youngster’s contract.
‘We’ll have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.’
‘But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play, he needs to play at that age and that’s why the club will decide what’s best for him.’