Kelechi Iheanacho, who was thought to be a rising star for Manchester City, will reportedly be shopped around at the end of the season. The 20-year-old Nigerian has already been courted by Borussia Dortmund, who are impressed with his performance of 21 goals in just 20 starts with Manchester City. That being said, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola seems to be heading in the direction of a rebuild, and the recent signing of Gabriel Jesus, who is blocking Iheanacho from a full-time job, makes the Nigerian expendable and a great source of income necessary to continue the rebuilding process. While some teams, including Southampton and Hoffenheim, are only interested in a loan, Manchester City has expressed their willingness to give priority to enticing permanent transfer offers. The most recent reports state that Manchester City is targeting a 20 million pound transfer fee, which would be in line with the asking price for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma, who is high on Manchester City’s list of targets this summer. Iheanacho would join Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer as Manchester City players on loan if that’s the direction the club decides to go. Pablo Zabaleta already announced his departure from the club at the end of the season, and is expected to sign with West Ham, while Yaya Toure’s status is still unclear.
Despite the swirling rumors surrounding Iheanacho’s eventual fate, he seems to be angling for a re-signing with Manchester City. For example, on social media, he complimented Manchester’s spring weather using the hashtag #ILoveThisCity. Manchester City is the only main club he’s been a part of as an adult since he impressed Premier League teams in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup as a member of the Nigerian team.