Iheanacho to dump City for Everton as Koeman plans £20m summer swoop
Kelechi Iheanacho might be on his way to Everton as Toffees boss Ronald Koeman plans to launch a shock £20million summer bid for the Manchester City ace.
The 20-year-old Nigerian striker has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities under Pep Guardiola this season.
He has fallen behind £27m forward Gabriel Jesus, Spanish international Nolito and Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero in the pecking order.
And Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been alerted to the unrest and sees him as a possible replacement for Lukaku who should be joining Manchester United or Chelsea this summer.
An Etihad source said: “Everton have shown an interest in Kelechi, who has been frustrated with a lack of game-time this season.
“He is highly-rated here but has not started a match since January 2nd where as I’m sure he would get lots of first-team action elsewhere.
“Pep is looking to bolster his ranks and spend a fair chunk of cash this coming transfer window and the club could be persuaded to sell should the right offer come in.”
Iheanacho, who joined Manchester City’s academy in 2014, has scored eight times this season and is highly regarded at the club.
Guardiola would like to send the youngster out on loan next year, with Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim both interested.
But the ex-Barcelona boss is believed to be planning a £200m spending spree and needs to raise funds for his transfer war chest.
Everton are facing a £70m fight to keep hold of their star man Lukaku, with the Premier League’s top sides circling, and they may need a new forward.
Iheanacho has scored 21 times in 63 appearances for City since breaking into the first-team at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.