Leicester City, who won the English league crown yesterday, are said to have revived their interest in Nigerian international and CSKA Moscow striker, Ahmed Musa, as they plan for the Champions League next season.
The 23-year-old was a target for Claudio Ranieri in January but Leicester believed CSKA’s asking price was too high as they pushed for £20million. Ahmed Musa, who cites former Gunners forward and fellow compatriot Nwankwo Kanu as his inspiration, is reported to have a £22.8m release clause written into his contract, which expires in 2019, after agreeing new terms last summer. Leicester nonetheless completed a trio of transfers during the winter window.
Claudio Ranieri’s side were left frustrated in their attempts to sign the Nigeria star but Musa, while confirming a bid, instead hinted at a move to the Gunners.
Last month, Musa was quoted as saying;
“I would be happy if I was wanted by Arsenal, I have supported the team since the age of six. Kanu has been my idol since childhood. It will be fantastic to play for Arsenal.”
“I will not hide it; Leicester actually came to our club. But I repeat that I want to finish the season with CSKA to help them to win a championship, and then think about changing team.”
Musa is fast, can play across the frontline and has scored 12 goals in 32 games this season. He also has Champions League experience, something lacking in Ranieri’s squad for now.
Reports say Leicester sent scouts to watch Musa against Lokomotiv Moscow earlier this month to keep up to date with his performances. Leicester had two bids rejected in January but will hope to strike a compromise at around £18m for Musa in the coming weeks.
Leicester City, which was promoted to England’s Premier League only two years ago and flirted with relegation just last spring, capped one of the most remarkable seasons in soccer history clinching its first Premier League title on Monday after second-place Tottenham tied at Chelsea.