ENGLISH Premiership giants Manchester United have joined the race to sign Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa after league leaders Leicester City had a £15.1m bid for the winger rejected by his Russian club CSKA Moscow.
With the European transfer window open until January 31, clubs across the continent are intensifying their efforts to sign several players over the next week. Leicester, who are the surprise leaders of the Premiership, were hoping to strengthen their title credentials by bringing in the pacey Musa to play upfront alongside their leading goalscorer Jamie Vardie and fellow African winger Riyad Mahrez of Algeria.
Musa, 23, currently has a $32.5m (£22.8m) buyout clause in his CSKA contract, which runs until 2019, meaning that any club which bids for this amount can have him. Leicester City is expected to return with an improved bid for the player who has scored 10 goals in 29 games this season and 11 times in 56 appearances for Nigeria.
However, Manchester United, who are struggling in the league are said to have entered the fray with a bid of their own. It is believed that the Old Trafford side have got in touch with Musa’s London agency but the full details of the bid have not been disclosed.
Leicester, however, remains in the driving seat and the club is expected to make another bid to CSKA Moscow within the next 40 hours. Last year, CSKA offered Musa a new contract which lasts until 2019, making acquiring his signature very costly.
Meanwhile, Newcastle, Everton, Swansea and Werder Bremen all interested in Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who is currently out of favour with his Italian club Lazio. It is believed that the Serie A side are ready to sell the anchorman, who has just returned from injury, to the highest bidder.
Italian news outlet Calciomercato reported that Lazio value Onazi at £5.3m, adding that Lazio president Claudio Lotito will allow Onazi, 23, to leave the club this month, if the price is right. German Die Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have already tabled £6m for the player, where he would play alongside fellow Nigerian Anthony Ujah of he goes there.