Saturday 16 December 2017

Leicester make £25m bid for City ace Iheanacho

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. Photo: PA
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. Photo: PA Sportdesk

Leicester City have offered £25m for Kelechi Iheanacho and are confident of winning the race to sign the Manchester City striker.

Iheanacho is one of Craig Shakespeare's leading summer targets and the terms of a transfer have been broadly agreed between the two clubs.

Leicester's new manager has already signed Harry Maguire from Hull City for £17m and Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra for £12m, with more funds to be made available for the right players.

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is also on Leicester's wanted list but the Foxes accept that they face a battle preventing him from joining Everton, who are prepared to meet a £40m asking price.

The future of Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez is still uncertain, with the Algerian due to return to training today. Arsenal have talked to Leicester about Mahrez but are reluctant to pay anything over £35m - well short of the £50m price tag.

The new Premier League season will open with a Friday night match between Arsenal and Leicester in front of the Sky Sports cameras on August 11.


Friday August 11: Arsenal v Leicester (Sky Sports, 7.45).

Saturday, Aug 12: Watford v Liverpool (Sky 12.30); Chelsea v Burnley (Sky Ireland, 3.0); Brighton v Man City (BT Sport, 5.30)

Sunday, Aug 13: Newcastle v Spurs (Sky, 1.30). Man Utd v West Ham (Sky, 4.0)

Sat, Aug 19: Swansea v Man Utd (Sky, 12.30); Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sky Ire, 3.0); Stoke v Arsenal (BT Sport, 5.30).

Sun, Aug 20: Huddersfield v Newcastle (Sky, 1.30); Spurs v Chelsea (Sky, 4.0).

Mon, Aug 21: Man City v Everton (Sky, 8.0).

Sat, Aug 26: Bournemouth v Man City (Sky, 12.30); Tottenham v Burnley (Sky Ire, 3.0); Man Utd v Leicester (BT Sport, 5.30).

Sun, Aug 27: West Brom v Stoke (Sky, 1.30); Liverpool v Arsenal (Sky, 4.0)

Sat, Sept 9: Man City v Liverpool (Sky, 12.30); Arsenal v Bournemouth (sky Ire, 3.0); Stoke v Man Utd (BT Sport, 5.30)

Sun, Sept 10: Burnley v C Palace (Sky, 1.30). Mon, Sept 11: West Ham v Huddersfield (Sky, 8.0).

Irish Independent

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