Leicester City key striker Kelechi Iheanacho may be staying after all – hopefully – whereas another’s exit is confirmed. Here is your transfer update.
Four games played in the EFL Championship, four straight wins, the only team with a perfect record. Enzo Maresca even has the Foxes with a positive xG/GA difference, although only a small gap of 0.2xG, which reflects the quality of chances conceded to the opposition despite their low quantity of chances. The team are also performing well in the EFL Cup.
So, things are going well for Leicester. However, this could easily change with the wrong transfers out, and if there are no further transfers in: both in and out are expected. One rumoured outgoing was the Nigerian international forward, another the recently signed Danish left-back.
Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho move ‘stalled’
There are a few Premier League clubs apparently interested in the services of the ‘Seniorman’. Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Everton have all been named at some point this window. Further, it is believed that the player has a bit of desire for an EPL return, and the Foxes are prepared to sell for the right price.
With the player becoming the primary No.9 for the Italian head coach, Iheanacho is viewed as an important player in the Foxes promotion charge. To lose him would be a travesty. It appears Leicester City themselves agree: they are sticking with a fee around £18m. Obviously this is devalued by his contractual situation.
Crystal Palace are only willing to pay up to £15m, so it seems either the King Power club will gain a little extra, or retain the player to be a key part of their plans to get promotion at the first time of asking – the aim for the season, although not critical.
Victor Kristiansen leaves
I was very happy with the former January window. Harry Souttar, Tete, and Kristiansen joined the club to help take the side out of the rut at the bottom of the Premier League. The combination could not alter the course of our destiny, and this seeming disappointment must be affecting how the club has frozen the Australian and Dane out of the side.
Well, Kristiansen is no longer frozen, he has been full-on jettisoned to Serie A with Bologna. This has been confirmed by the club, and by Fabrizio Romano.
It is a loan initially with option to buy should Bologna choose to do so. I for one hope they do not retain the Danish fullback and that he returns when the Foxes make their way back into the Premier League.