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Manchester City slap £20m price tag on Iheanacho

Naija Players Abroad By: Collins Udeme | 15/05/2017

Manchester City are prepared to sell Kelechi Iheanacho this summer but have told interested clubs they will have to pay as much as £20million for the Nigerian youngster.

Iheanacho is set to become the most surprising member of manager Pep Guardiola's summer clearout at the Etihad Stadium with the club willing to listen to offers for the 20-year-old Nigerian. Southampton and Hoffenheim have reportedly enquired about loans but it is understood City are looking at permanent transfers.

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German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have already expressed an interest in the young forward who was tipped for the top by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini and has scored 21 goals for City despite making only 20 starts.

Though there is likely to be Premier League interest in Iheanacho, Dortmund are likely to be able to offer Champions League football next season and the chance to play with star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he stays at the club.

And the Daily Mail ay Manchester City are likely to ask close to £20million for a player they signed in 2014 from the Taye Academy in Nigeria and who is under contract until 2021.

Under Guardiola however, Iheanacho's progress has been restricted by the £27million signing of young Brazilian international centre forward Gabriel Jesus and there is an acceptance he could move on to help finance a rebuild at the club this summer.

Stalwart Pablo Zabaleta has already announced he will be leaving at the end of the season and is expected to sign for West Ham while Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy are all out of contract in June.

Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer were all sent on loan this season and unlikely to figure in Guardiola's future plans while Patrick Roberts, currently on loan at Celtic will be sent on another loan spell, this time to a Premier League club or abroad to gain wider experience.