Spurs have been trying to reach a deal with Manchester City for unsettled right-back Kyle Walker all summer. It seems that the London club are now trying to add the possibility of striker Iheanacho in order to secure the sale.
Kelechi Iheanacho showed great potential in the Premier League last season and has already been in talks with Leicester City about a move. It has been reported that both clubs agreed a deal ‘in principle’.
In the meantime, City have been trying to take Spurs’ defender Kyle Walker, who had expressed a desire to move on during last season. The stall on the deal seems to be the asking price – City are reluctant to meet the £50 million valuation.
The latest development is that Tottenham have now expressed an interest in Iheanacho in order to push the deal for Walker forward. A ‘player-and-cash’ deal would mean City do not need to meet the full £50 million and the Nigerian striker still finds a new club. This would seem to work out best for all parties.
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Iheanacho had a great but limited last season. Both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were above him in striker choice – which is understandable, given the quality of both. A move away would help him develop and gain experience for another top team.
Tottenham have possibly the best striker in the league with Harry Kane, but their second choice, Vincent Janssen, has been less than impressive. With manager Mauricio Pochettino’s young team on the rise, they will need strong depth.
Iheanacho would provide that. He will also be hungry to fight for a place, which will be helpful as Tottenham try their luck in the Champions League again, as well as domestic tournaments.
Further, it would allow City the chance to finally welcome Walker to the Etihad. Their defence would thrive with such a player. If they can add another one or two to the back-line this summer, they will pretty much have a complete squad.
Pep Guardiola wanted a full-back (or three) before Manchester City travelled to America for their pre-season tour. This deal could be the way to achieve that and make both clubs happy.