English Premier League Champions Leicester City have made a £23m bid for CKSA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa, according to the Russian club’s manager Leonid Slutskiy. The Premier League Champions have been long term admirers of the forward who is currently keen on moving to England.
An inquiry was made about the 23-year-old in January, but the club have now returned with a concrete offer.
Claudio Ranieri, who claims avoiding relegation will be the priority next season sees the striker as a player who can add required depth and quality to the first team, Musa scored 18 goals and provided 6 assists in 44 appearances for CSKA this season, as he helped his club secure their sixth Russian Premier League title.
Leicester are expected to bring in some major additions to their squad as they look to defend their league title next season and CSKA boss Slutskiy has confirmed the Foxes have made a bid for their leading goalscorer.
Speaking to Match TV, Slutskiy also revealed his striker is keen on a move to the King Power Stadium to work under Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri.
“The British club offered a bit less than €30m (£22.86m),” he said.
“Musa came to me a few days ago and asked when he [Ranieri] is back for the holidays and I told him I do not know, I do not know Ranieri.”
Negotiations between the two clubs reportedly broke down in January because Leicester were not prepared to meet CSKA’s £18m asking price for Musa at the time. Musa is currently with his national squad preparing for Nigeria’s friendly with Mali on Friday, before taking on Luxembourg the following Tuesday. Slutskiy admitted he was virtually resigned to losing Musa this summer when asked what the chances were of his striker remaining in Russia. He said:
“I do not know for sure,” he said. “It is the work of our management but I think the probability is high.”