Premier League champions Leicester City are close to paying a club record fee of £16m in order to complete the signing of Nigerian international striker Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow, according to the Telegraph.
The 23-year-old is understood to have been regularly scouted by Leicester City personnel over the past year, with his agent – Tony Harris – confirming to that Musa is on the brink of moving to the Foxes.
“Everything is finalised and Musa will soon be in England for his medical,” said Harris, who was revealed earlier this week by BBC sports journalist Oluwashina Okeleji as having dismissed reports that West Ham were set to sign Musa.
Introducing Ahmed Musa to English Football
After beginning his career in the Aminichi Football Academy in Jos in 2008, that same year Musa was loaned out to Nigerian national league side J.U.T.H FC, for whom he scored four goals in 18 appearances. Thereafter Kano Pillars F.C took Musa on loan for the 2009/2010 Nigerian Premier League campaign, during which he broke the record for the most goals scored by a player in a single season, as he found the net 18 times.
That achievement resulted in him being called-up to the Nigerian B team, which won the West African Football Union Cup in April 2010. Shortly after playing a key role in that success, whereby he scored his team’s winning goal in their 1-0 semi-final win over Burkina Faso, Musa moved VVV Venlo.
In his first season with the Dutch Eredivisie side Musa made 27 appearances and scored seven goals, with his form being so impressive that he earned a place in Nigeria’s squad for the 2011 Under-20 World Cup in Columbia. After scoring a goal in each of the Super Eagles’ group stage games at the tournament and helping his team reach the quarter finals, where they lost 3-2 after extra time to France, Musa returned to VVV but only until January 2012 when he moved to CSKA Moscow.
During his four and a half years with CSKA, Musa has scored 54 goals in 168 appearances and enjoyed great success. Specifically he was a member of the CSKA teams which won the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 Russian Premier League, the 2012/2013 Russian Cup and the 2013 and 2014 Russian Super Cup.
Managing the Nigerian striker throughout his time with CSKA has been Leonard Slutsky, who revealed to the BBC that he believes Musa’s style of play will enable him to be a success in English football.
“If you look at the way things are done over there, you will see that he is a player just made for English football,” said Slutsky, of Musa who has also showcased his talents on the senior international stage.
Distinguished senior international career
After making his debut for Nigeria in September 2010 against Madagascar, Musa has made a further 57 international appearances and scored 11 times, including both of the Super Eagles’ goals in their 3-2 2014 World Cup defeat to Argentina in Brazil.
In doing so he became the first Nigerian to score two goals in a World Cup match, the first of which arrived after four minutes to register as the country’s fastest ever goal at the tournament. Musa was also a member of the Nigeria team which won the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
As such Leicester are on the verge of securing the services of an extremely talented player who undoubtedly has the potential to help the Foxes both defend their Premier League title and perform well during their first Champions League campaign.