Musa, who was also linked with Southampton and West Ham United, will become Nigeria’s most expensive footballer should he pass his medical and put pen to paper in the deal said to be worth £21m.
Austin Okocha was Nigeria’s most expensive player when he joined PSG after France’98 in a deal worth $17million, about £14m Leicester City on Monday agreed a deal with CSKA Moscow to sign Nigeria forward according to the player’s agent.
The 23-year-old, who joined CSKA in 2012 and scored 54 goals in 168 games, is set to sign for what is also said to be a club-record fee.
“Everything has been finalised and Musa will be in England for his medical on Wednesday,” Tony Harris told the BBC. CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky admitted the Nigerian, who can play as winger or striker, was on his way out of the club.
“He’ll be leaving on Tuesday,” Slutsky told the Russian media. “If you look at the way things are done over there, you’ll see he is a player just made for English football.”
Musa made his international debut against Madagascar in September 2010 and has scored 11 times in 58 appearances for the Super Eagles.
He scored twice in Nigeria’s 3-2 loss to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, becoming the first Nigerian to score twice in a World Cup finals match. Scoring 54 goals in 168 games, Musa was no doubt fans’ favourite in Russia.
The £9m transfer of Andrej Kramaric from HNK Rijeka of Croatia is still the highest fee of Leicester until Musa completes his record transfer deal. That was in the 2014/2015 season. Last season, it was Shinji Okazaki’s £7m that was the highest for the Claudio Ranieri team.