Super Eagles star, Kelechi Iheanacho, has not been having it rosy this season at Leicester City, with the Nigeria international scoring just one goal for the Foxes in 25 Premier League appearances this season.
And with just two goals in all competitions for Leicester this season, Iheanacho has gone from first team starter to being in danger of getting dumped by the club altogether going by new reports.
It is understood that the club, which also has Iheanacho’s compatriot Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi on their roster, is interested in signing attacking midfielder, Andreas Pereira, from Premier League rivals, Manchester United.
The 23-year-old Brazilian prospect has recently broken into the first team at Old Trafford, where he has put in a number of eye catching performances under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United wish to tie the Brazilian down to a new four-year deal, but are understood to also be willing to ship him out on loan next season in order to give him more playing time to boost his experience.
And according to The Sun, this intention for him by the Red Devils is what Leicester City hopes to take full advantage of, with new manager Brendan Rodgers said to be an admirer of Pereira’s talents.
Solskjaer’s side believes the long-term future of Pereira lies with the club. However, an unidentified source at Old Trafford is quoted as saying that Pereira would only be allowed to leave temporarily – as long as it was not to join a top rival.
“The club are prepared to let him leave for a non-rival if it helps persuade him to stay long-term,” the source said. “Nobody wants him to go as he is well liked here and is extremely talented. We are confident he can make it here.”
“We know he needs more regular starts though to take his game to the next level. He is highly valued. Ole is a fan of his but will struggle to find a proper role for him next season as things push on at the club,” the source added.
Pereira is reportedly valued at £15 million by Man. United, but he has only made 14 appearances for the Red Devils so far – eight of those coming since Solskjaer took charge at the club in mid-December.
But Pereira could be persuaded to join Ndidi at Leicester on loan next season at the very least, with his place in United’s first team going forward far from certain amid rumours of potential transfer incomings.
That persuasion would come as bad news for Iheanacho as it would limit his already limited playing time for Leicester – 16 of his 25 appearances have come from off the bench, most times for first-choice striker and club hero, Jamie Vardy.
And it is believed that should he flop at the Africa Cup of Nations holding later this year in Egypt, he will be put on the market to leave Leicester before the start of next season.
What do you think are the chances of Iheanacho at Leicester to remain at the club?