Date: 20th April 2021 at 7:16pm
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The footballing world is still reeling from the news that 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs have agreed to create a breakaway ‘European Super League’, a move that could have repercussions across all levels of the game. 

With several aspects of the move still up in the air and fans of the six clubs still facing the prospect of their side being thrown out of the Premier League, the coming days could be crucial in the future of English football not only at the top level, but also throughout the pyramid.

The six English clubs who are involved have all been widely condemned, not only by pundits and rival fans, but also by their own supporters’ clubs and trusts.

However, it appears that three of the ‘big six’ could be facing off before the Super League even begins, with a trio of Premier League sides all rumoured to be chasing one of the division’s in-form players.

According to Fichajes, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal will battle it out for the signature of Kelechi Iheanacho.

The Leicester City striker has been in the form of his career of late, and scored the goal that sent the Foxes to their fifth FA Cup final, during a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the semi0final at Wembley on Sunday.

The report says that United may consider a move for Iheanacho as it represents a much more affordable option than Erling Braut Haaland, who they have also been linked with in recent months.

Edinson Cavani is rumoured to be on the verge of an exit from Old Trafford, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to acquire attacking reinforcements ahead of next season.

Iheanacho followed up an FA Cup quarter-final brace with the winner against Saints in the semis

Equally, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a striker to add competition to his stuttering attack. Out of favour Tammy Abraham may well depart in the summer and Olivier Giroud’s contract is due to expire in June, which would leave the Blues with just one recognised number nine in Timo Werner.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are allegedly growing frustrated with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s dismal form in front of goal, while Alexandre Lacazette has just 12 months remaining on his current deal, and youngster Eddie Nketiah could depart in the summer in search of more regular first team football.

All three clubs could therefore be potential suitors for the 24-year-old who, until recently, had been forced to settle for Jamie Vardy’s deputy at the King Power Stadium.

In recent months, however, the Nigeria international has started alongside his teammate and has now scored a staggering 10 goals in his last seven games, including a hat-trick against Sheffield United and braces against both Manchester United and West Ham.

 
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