Kelechi Iheanacho Demands N60 Million-a-Week Deal at Manchester City
Manchester City’s teenage sensation Kelechi Iheanacho wants a new pay package worth £150,000 (N60 million)-a-week from the club, Mirror reports.
The forward’s advisers claim he’s attained parity with £49 million summer acquisition Raheem Sterling and can now be considered superior to Ivorian Wilfried Bony, who has been a massive disappointment since his £28million move to the Etihad from Swansea 17 months ago.
Iheanacho, 19, graduated from the club’s academy and has bagged 13 goals in his debut season, a feat that hasn’t gone unnoticed to club officials as they are set to reward him with a vastly-improved deal from his current £15,000-a-week pay.
England international Sterling, who signed for a massive £49million from Liverpool last summer, has netted 11 times in his first season with the Blue half of Manchester.
Bony, who earns £100,000-a-week plus a £20,000-per-game bonus, has managed only eight goals this season and a total of ten in all competitions since being signed in January last year.
However, the young Nigerian has been a shining light for Manuel Pellegrini’s men this campaign, with many of his strikes being registered in substitute appearances, giving him one of the best goals per minute ratios in the entire continent.
His goals powered the Mancunian Blues to this season’s Capital One Cup success in February, just as his contribution to their FA Cup run was crucial.
City are currently waiting for the outcome of a complaint over his representation that has been lodged with the FA before they can enter negotiations over a new deal, as United States-based First Eleven Management and London-based outfit Stellar Group are battling over representation rights for the youngster.
Iheanacho moved to City two years ago after winning the MVP Award at the 2013 Fifa U17 World Cup, and he’s set for a bigger role under new boss Pep Guardiola.
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