Kelechi Iheanacho’s next destination in Champions League quest

Kelechi Iheanacho’s next destination in Champions League quest
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Last season's UEFA Champions League finalists, Inter Milan, are making waves in the transfer market once again.

This time, they are considering a summer move for the talented Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho.

The Nerazzurri's interest lies in securing the services of Iheanacho on a free transfer from Leicester City, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.

Inter Milan's interest in Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho, a former Manchester City player, has been with the Foxes since 2017 and is now approaching the end of his seventh season at the King Power Stadium.

Since his arrival at Leicester, Kelechi Iheanacho has become a familiar face on the pitch.

He has donned the Foxes' jersey for a total of 219 appearances to date, showcasing his skill, scoring prowess, and dedication to the club.

In recent times, he has shown his commitment by staying with the team despite their relegation to the Championship.

The 27 years old's future with Leicester hangs in the balance as his current contract only runs until the end of June next year.

This leaves the door open for the possibility of a free transfer, making him an enticing prospect for clubs in search of attacking talent.

Recent reports suggest that Iheanacho's departure from the Super Eagles camp following a game against Saudi Arabia might be linked to a potential move to Italy.

While the details remain speculative, the interest from Inter Milan is apparent, and the Nigerian forward could soon be donning the famous Nerazzurri jersey.

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho during the Carabao Cup third round
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Inter Milan's forward planning

Inter Milan is currently evaluating both the medium and long-term future of their attacking lineup.

The acquisition of experienced forwards, Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic, during the summer added depth to the squad.

However, given that both players are in their mid-30s and joined on short-term deals, questions surround when Inter will need to make new forward signings.

As the current season progresses, it's clear that a new forward signing will be necessary in the near future.

Alexis Sanchez, in particular, signed only a one-year contract upon joining on a free transfer.

If Inter does not extend his deal, he will be departing at the end of the season.

This impending departure prompts Inter Milan to proactively consider possible replacements.

One of the significant advantages of targeting Kelechi Iheanacho as a potential addition is that, being a free agent in the summer, there would be no transfer fee involved.

This presents an opportunity for Inter to acquire a quality forward without the financial burden of a significant transfer fee.

In a world where every penny counts, a free transfer or a low-cost signing would be a prudent choice for the Nerazzurri.

Inter Milan's potential pursuit of Kelechi Iheanacho on a free transfer from Leicester City reflects the club's strategic approach to strengthening its squad.

As the club assesses the future of its attacking options, the Nigerian international has emerged as an appealing candidate to bolster Inter's forward line.

The next summer transfer window promises exciting developments for both the Nerazzurri and Kelechi Iheanacho, as the football world eagerly awaits their next moves.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.