Ahmed Musa’s agent confirms £16.6m move to Leicester City

The agent of CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa has confirmed the Nigeria international is on his way to Leicester City.

Tony Harris has told the BBC the 23-year-old is flying into England from Russia tomorrow and will undergo his medical on Wednesday.

According to Russian media, the fee is £16.6 million, making Musa City’s new club record signing, just days after City signed French midfielder Nampalys Mendy for a new club record of £13 million.

CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky, who was the boss of Russia at Euro 2016, had told Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta that the Nigerian striker would leave the club’s training camp to fly to England on Tuesday.

City reportedly had a £18 million rejected for Musa in January and were said to be holding out for £23 million.

It is believed personal terms were an issue as the 23-year-old was on good money in Russia, which is tax free, but Slutsky appears to have confirmed the issue has now been resolved.

“(Musa) flies on Tuesday, the move is to the champion of the Premier League,” Slutsky is quoted as saying.

Musa has been at a CSKA training camp at an army base, 10 miles outside Moscow, and trained with his team-mates on Saturday.

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However, on Sunday, he did not take part in a practice match against FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, fuelling speculation that a move was in the offing.

Harris confirmed a few days ago Musa was heading to the Premier League and the striker has given an interview to Nigerian media stating how he would love to play in the Premier League.

“The English Premier League is massive and every player would want to test himself in a league like that with some of the best players in the world,” he said.

“No one knows what will happen tomorrow and if at the end of the day a deal is done between my present club CSKA and an English Premier League side then it will be a big move.”

City are not expected to face any issues with a work permit as Musa has played 58 times for Nigeria, but City fans will have to be patient to see him in action in a City shirt as Musa has been named as one of three over-aged players in the Nigeria squad for the Rio Olympics, which start on August 3.

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Nigeria’s final group game is on August 10 so should they fail to qualify he could be available for the first game of the season at Hull City on August 14.

However, Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February means City will not lose him mid-season.

 

 

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