Transfer insider claims Trabzonspor, Crystal Palace-linked striker Iheanacho will leave Leicester this summer

Published: April 24, 2024
Transfer insider claims Trabzonspor, Crystal Palace-linked striker Iheanacho will leave Leicester this summer

Kelechi Iheanacho's days at Leicester City appear numbered with transfer insider Dean Jones predicting the striker's departure this summer.

The Nigerian forward's contract expires in June and with Leicester on the cusp of returning to the Premier League, a move away seems increasingly likely.

Iheanacho, who many expected to flourish in the Championship, hasn't been very impressive, registering just six goals in 25 appearances.

The 27-year-old's lack of playing time further strengthens the case for his departure.

Iheanacho has only started a meager 23% of Leicester's Championship fixtures, a clear indication that manager Enzo Maresca doesn't see him as a key part of his plans.

With his contract expiring, Leicester are unlikely to offer him an extension, paving the way for a free transfer.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones hinted Iheanacho's next destination could be Turkey. Super Lig giants Trabzonspor who have reportedly expressed an interest in the striker.

Jones believes that a move to Turkey might be the most realistic option for Iheanacho.

"It looks like he will leave Leicester, and at the moment, the most likely path for him to take is to Turkey. Trabzonspor are one of the teams for him, and these sorts of options might have to become very real, even though it seems to be early in his career," said Jones.

"From a Leicester point of view, keeping him doesn't seem a wise move as he is one of the higher earners in that side, and he has only started ten games in a season when they are going for a Championship promotion." 

The Turkish stalwarts are  not alone in their quest of securing the signature of Iheanacho,as Premier League side Crystal Palace appear to be monitoring the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner's contract situation, hoping to sign him on a free transfer.

The 2023 AFCON silver medalist has racked up a combined total of 231 appearances for the Foxes since joining from Manchester City in 2017, registering a total of 61 goals.

Ejim Kaycee


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