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Man City Demand £50m Buy-Back Clause on Iheanacho



Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho may have passed the medical test at Leicester City on Tuesday, the coast is still not clear yet. Sports Village Square has gathered from UK tabloid, The Telegraph that an official confirmation of the transfer is imminent, but the deal may be held up for a while as Manchester City have not entirely given up on him yet.

The club is demanding that a £50 million buy-back clause be included in Kelechi Iheanacho’s contract ahead of his £25 million move to Leicester. The inclusion of a £50m buy-back option suggests that the 20-year-old could return to the Etihad if he proves a success with Leicester.

His new club had reportedly agreed a deal for Iheanacho around four weeks previously, but saw the transfer held up due to a row over image rights with his former agents.

If Iheanacho is prolific for the Leicester, they could stand to double their money, while City would see the return of a striker that remains highly rated at the club.

Leicester reportedly beat the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Monaco to the signing of Iheanacho, who could make his Leicester debut in Friday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.


Manager Craig Shakespeare, however, has expressed his hope that his new signing is ready for the first game of the Premier League season against Arsenal.

“I’m hoping he will be available for the game at Arsenal, but I am like every other manager at the moment,” he said. “I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market.

“You saw with the Harry Maguire one, we got that done quickly. When he is in the door, we can announce it.

“At the moment, of course, we are interested in players as most of the Premier League is, but you can see that clubs won’t really talk about it until they are over the line.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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