A major development has emerged regarding Patson Daka’s transfer to Leicester this summer.
The 22-year-old has seemingly confirmed his transfer to the club this summer, stating outright that he will be moving to the King Power Stadium ahead of next season and admitting that it has already been a dream of his to play in the Premier League.
Goal.com have reported that Leicester are expected to pay £26m for the forward, who is now looking forward to his switch to England. He told Krone Zeitung: “I will go to England and move to Leicester City.
“I had a great time here, Salzburg has become my second home. I will always be happy to come back here, but the Premier League has always been my big dream.”
Former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch hailed the “fantastic” centre-forward last year and claimed that he has potential to improve further. The American said: “It’s just a lot of fun working with him, and I hope he continues with this development. He has a lot of potential, he is just a fantastic player.”
This could be a deal which leaves Leicester fans on cloud nine this summer. Daka’s goalscoring record at Salzburg was phenomenal and he could be a terrific addition to Leicester’s squad, exciting the fans who could get to watch him in person next season. The forward found the back of the net 34 times in 42 games for Salzburg whilst also providing 12 assists for his teammates, highlighting his impressive ability to score consistently.
Jamie Vardy ended the campaign on a run of four goals in 21 Premier League matches, with half of those coming in a defeat to Tottenham on the final day of the season. This suggests that his powers are waning and a long-term successor in his position is needed, which could be where Daka comes in. The Salzburg man’s excellent speed and agility have been noted as some of his biggest strengths, which means that he could fulfill a similar role to that of Vardy in Rodgers’ setup.
Daka could be the striker who makes runs in behind and stretches defences, leaving Kelechi Iheanacho to play slightly deeper and drop back to pick up the ball in pockets of space. This dynamic worked well in the Premier League for Leicester last season, with Iheanacho ending the campaign with an outstanding return of 12 goals from 16 starts in the league.
Leicester fans must therefore be delighted that Daka is set to join the club as he could take over from Vardy – who turns 35 next season – as the long-term strike partner to Iheanacho.