Manchester City fans have taken to social media to beg the club to re-sign Kelechi Iheanacho after the Leicester striker scored his 14th goal in 14 matches, but his £50 million buy-back option expired last summer.
Iheanacho was a bit-part player at City until his move to the Foxes in 2017, stuck behind Sergio Aguero in the pecking order and regularly coming on as a substitute late in the game.
When he headed for Leicester, City included a £50 million buy-back clause, and following his recent incredible form, fans of Pep Guardiola’s men have urged the club to make use of it, with Aguero set to leave at the end of the season.
But Sportsmail can confirm that it is bad news for City fans, after Iheanacho’s buy-back option expired last summer – just before his superb form of this season began.
The Nigeria international scored a stunner against Crystal Palace on Monday night to help Leicester move one step closer to next season’s Champions League, securing his side a 2-1 victory late on.
Iheanacho now has 14 goals in his last 14 matches, and is on a run of five in his last four.
Taking to social media after the 24-year-old’s latest impressive display, one fan wrote: “I really hope we activate that buy back clause on Iheanacho,” while another tweeted a similar request to the club.
Another City fan tweeted a picture of City legend Vincent Kompany and boss Guardiola celebrating, alongside the caption: “When City realises they have a buy back clause in Kelechi Iheanacho’s deal.”
Instead, though, it looks unlikely that Leicester will part ways with Iheanacho unless a very big transfer fee is offered in the summer.
Regardless, the Foxes will be keen to keep hold of one of their biggest stars, after watching him replace Jamie Vardy as their main goalscorer.