Leicester City have made a bid for CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa, according to the Russian club’s coach Leonid Slutsky.
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said last week that he expected the club to make three or four signings this summer after winning the Premier League, and they have now revived their interest in Nigeria international Musa after reportedly bidding for his services during the winter window.
Speaking on “Kult Tura,” a light-hearted Russian TV show, CSKA boss Slutsky indicated that the Foxes have made a significant offer for Musa, 23, and he expects negotiations to continue.
When it was put to Slutsky that Russian Premier League winners CSKA’s squad was worth more than English champions Leicester’s, Slutsky joked: “Oh, so that’s why Leicester want to buy Musa. They want to overtake us.”
He said they offered “a bit less” than €30 million (£22.76m) and, asked if he was preparing to play without Musa next season, replied: “He came to me and asked when we start the training sessions after the vacation. I told him: ‘What do I know? I am not Ranieri!'”
On whether Leicester have already restarted negotiations, he said: “I don’t know exactly what they do.
“English clubs like to take their time in the transfer window and chase all kind of Ibrahimovics, but I think the chances are high.
CSKA general director Roman Babayev had previously hinted at their interest in an interview with championat.com, saying he could not confirm whether Musa would play for the club again and adding: “It’s no secret that he is in serious demand, especially in England.
“But there is no need to talk about that until the papers are signed and the move is settled. I have just witnessed that Musa came and asked when he should be back for the training camp after the vacation.”
Asked about his value, he said: “I don’t want to guess. He is definitely rather expensive. That is understandable — there are few players of his level in Russia, those who can play in a big league. It is obvious that his value is estimated in 10s of millions.”