Leicester City have made a club-record bid of £22 million for CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that Claudio Ranieri wants the Nigeria international to support Jamie Vardy next season.
Musa has scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for CSKA this season - including 13 in the Russian Premier League - but has told his current employers that he wants a move to the King Power Stadium.
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CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky has confirmed that Leicester have submitted a third bid worth €30 million - £22.8 million.
“The British club offered a bit less than €30m,” the Russian coach told reporters. “Musa came to me a few days ago and asked when he [Ranieri] is back for the holidays and I told him I do not know, I do not know Ranieri.'"
Asked about the chances of a transfer now being completed, Slutsky added: “I do not know for sure. It is the work of our management but I think the probability is high.”
Leicester initially bid for Musa in January
The Foxes made an offer of around £17 million for Musa during the January transfer window but CSKA rejected the bid, insisting they weren’t willing to allow the striker to leave midway through the season.
Now that the campaign has finished, Musa could become Leicester’s first signing since they were crowned Premier League champions earlier this month.
Leicester keen to bring in quality
With Champions League football on the agenda for next season, Ranieri is acutely aware of the importance of bolstering his relatively thin squad - despite the fact they have just won the Premier League by 10 points.
The Foxes have already been linked with a host of high-profile names including Yannick Bolasie, Troy Deeney and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Leicester will only suit players that fit their ethos
However, Leicester will only sign players this summer that fit in with their ethos. So fans shouldn’t worry about the prospect of any big-time Charlies walking through the doors of the King Power this summer.
"The squad have told me, 'We don't want any Bertie Big…’” Steve Walsh, Leicester’s head of recruitment, told Sky Sports after the title celebrations. “I think you've got to bring in the people you think will do the job, people who fit in.
"Claudio enjoys the blueprint and the way we play. We try to duplicate that, so you look for similar types of players who can fulfil roles in the team that you need.
"It's not just on me, because I've got people working for me, bringing information, and we've got to act on it. Then decisions are made with the manager."
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