Leicester conclude record-breaking Musa deal

Premier League champions Leicester City have today finally completed the signing of CSKA Moscow striker, Ahmed Musa, on a four-year contract.

Leicester conclude record-breaking Musa deal
Ahmed Musa has finally been unveiled as a Leicester City player (Photo: Getty)

After agreeing a fee with CSKA Moscow for striker Ahmed Musa in the past few days, Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City have finally announced the signing of the Nigerian on a four-year deal.

Moving to the East Midlands for a club-record transfer fee, believed to be in the region of around £16million, Musa becomes the Foxes' fourth signing of the close-season; following the likes of Luis Hernandez, Ron-Robert Zieler and Nampalys Mendy through the doors of the King Power Stadium.

Long pursuit

This particular move will come as a relief to Foxes' fans as Leicester City have widely been reported to be pursuing the speedy forward for some time. Various sources have suggested that the Premier League champions have apparently been pursuing the 23-year-old's signature since as far back as January.

However, with Ranieri's men failing to meet CSKA Moscow's valuation of the player at that particular time, any possible deal fell through. Nevertheless, negotiations over Musa reportedly resumed in May and with the two clubs finally agreeing a fee in mid-week, a transfer looked positive.

So, with Claudio Ranieri finally getting his man until 2020, City supporters will be keen to see Musa in action at the King Power Stadium soon, especially considering the amount that the champions had to fork out to secure the signature of the former VVV-Venlo man.

Musa has moved to the King Power Stadium after months of negotiations | Photo: Getty
Musa has moved to the King Power Stadium after months of reported negotiations | Photo: Getty

Good fit?

With Musa competing with names such as Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa for a starting berth in the Foxes' first XI it looks tough on his arrival at the club. On the other hand, he does look to be a good fit, especially with the club embarking on their debut Champions League campaign this season.

After finding the back of the net 53 times over 4 full seasons in Russia, the rapid Nigerian arrives with a fearsome reputation after dazzling fans with his natural pace and his clinical finishing. Also, having enjoyed his most clinical campaign for CSKA last season. netting 13 times in 30 league outings, Musa could certainly be a player on the rise. So, he will hopefully continue that trend in the Premier League.

However, it is his 20 appearances in Europe's elite competition that will appease supporters most of all. Bringing experience of continental competition, of which the champions lacked in their attack, Musa looks a great acquisition for Ranieri's men.

Musa in action against Manchester United in last season's Champions League competiton | Photo: Getty
Musa in action against Manchester United in last season's Champions League competition | Photo: Getty

"I'm very excited"

Upon becoming the latest player to join the reigning top-flight champions this season, the 58-time capped Nigeria international told lcfc.com that he was "very happy" and "excited" to join "one of the best clubs in the Premier League".

Also saying that he was "looking forward to seeing the fans in the new season", Musa seems to be just as raring to get started at his new club as the fans are to see him in the royal blue of Leicester City.