Who is Leicester City’s new striker Ahmed Musa?
They’ve been linked with him for several months, but now it seems a deal between Leicester and CSKA Moscow for Ahmed Musa has been agreed. So who is it the Foxes are actually buying?
The reigning Premier League champions are reportedly set to lay-out a club-record fee of around £16m for Musa, a Nigerian international who began his career in his homeland.
A pacey and skilful forward, who will also offer Leicester the luxury of playing as a winger too, Musa moved to Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2010, and his impressive performances in the Netherlands caught the eye of Tottenham and Ajax among others.
It was CSKA who won the race in 2012 however, and Musa would go on to net over 50 times for the Russian club.
Last season was arguably his best yet, with the 23-year-old netting 17 times from 40 appearances.
Leicester had been linked with Musa since the spring, and with a Champions League campaign to contend with, Claudio Ranieri has been keen to bring in a player who can offer Jamie Vardy some respite.
With Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa fulfilling the target man/workhorse role in the Foxes’ preferred 4-4-2 system, the east Midlands club risked Vardy suffering burnout unless a fourth striker was brought in.
Having been linked with a host of players, including Watford’s Troy Deeney, Palermo’s Gianluca Lapadula and Deportivo’s Lucas Perez, it seems Leicester have settled on Musa as the man to complete their attacking quartet.
At 23, his best days are still very much ahead of him, while his versatility as a winger could offer the Foxes crucial tactical flexibility as they bid to defend their Premier League title and embark on a European campaign.
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