Just In: Crystal Palace may finally be able to sign a long-term desire on a free transfer after Leicester City confirmed Kelechi Iheanacho will leave this summer.

The Foxes revealed on Friday that the Nigeria international will leave after his contract expires, joining Premier League winner Marc Albrighton and Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet.

 

After departing Manchester City in 2017, Iheanacho spent seven years with Leicester, scoring 61 goals in 232 appearances across all competitions and helping the team win the FA Cup, Community Shield, and Championship.

 

However, Iheanacho was never able to truly establish himself as a regular starter and only scored 12 league goals in 25 Premier League games in 2020/21.

 

In his final season with the Foxes, Iheanacho scored six goals in all competitions, five of which came in 23 Championship games.

 

Crystal Palace had been widely connected with a deal for Iheanacho as recently as August 2023, with Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg suggesting that the Eagles were willing to pay Β£10-15 million for the striker.

 

Leicester demanded more money, causing the deal to fail. However, there is little doubt that Iheanacho would meet a requirement for Oliver Glasner.

 

Jean-Philippe Mateta has been in outstanding form since Glasner took over as Palace manager on February 19th, scoring more goals (13) than any other Premier League player during that period.

 

However, sources, especially from the South London Press, imply that Palace are willing to transfer fellow striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.

 

It is claimed that Edouard has been valued at Β£20 million, with fans of the Frenchman’s former club, Celtic, speculating on a possible return north.

 

That would leave Glasner in need of a consistent backup for Mateta, and while Iheanacho is recognized more for his quickness behind the ball than the technical ability required to play in the Austrian system, the 27-year-old’s availability on the free agent market may save significant sums for elsewhere on the pitch.

 

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