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Profit Players: Manchester City got the most they could have out of Kelechi Iheanacho

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Pep Guardiola didn’t mess about in the transfer market upon his arrival at Manchester City. His outlay of over £192m (via Transfermarkt) in the summer of 2016 was usurped the following year with a spending spree totalling nearly £300m that delivered a Premier League title.

City’s sales tell a similar story – with the team’s total income in 2016 of nearly £32m dwarfed by a figure of £82.2m in 2017.

And that was largely thanks to a sale that perhaps did not warrant the fee it commanded.

Kelechi Iheanacho was City’s priciest sale of that summer, with Leicester City paying around £25m for his services, per BBC Sport at the time.

Gabriel Jesus’ arrival may have signalled the end of the Nigerian striker’s time in the blue half of Manchester, particularly with the Brazilian striking as many times as his teammate despite only joining the team in January and making 18 fewer appearances – partly due to breaking his metatarsal in the middle of the season.

Iheanacho’s Leicester career has hardly seen him progress – with the 22-year-old netting just twice last year during 35 appearances dominated by substitute cameos.

In being unable to dislodge Jamie Vardy from a starting place (with the Foxes title winner netting 18 times in the league last season), Iheanacho’s £25m fee seems all the more alarming from Leicester’s point of view.

It also seems slightly overkill from Manchester City to be able to boast the riches they have in recent years and still command sizeable fees from their own youth products.

But regardless of how much the champions tend to spend themselves, the fact that they managed to sell Iheanacho for such a sum, given his output both for City and since his Eastlands departure, surely makes it a deal that City negotiators will look back on with some fondness.

Manchester City fans – how much is Iheanacho worth now? How good a bit of business was his sale? Join the discussion by commenting below!

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Profit Players: Manchester City got the most they could have out of Kelechi Iheanacho
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