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Leicester City join race for 34-goal striker wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool

Leicester City join race for 34-goal Patson Daka wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool
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Leicester City are plotting a move for highly rated striker Patson Daka, who has had an incredible season with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Football Association of Zambia have reportedly left Daka out of the squad for this month's international friendlies in order for him to sort out his future, knowing that he will leave the Austrian champions this summer.

A report from The Daily Express has claimed that Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing the 22-year-old, wanting him to challenge Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy for the starting spots up front.

The report claims that Rodgers also sees Daka as Vardy's long-term successor, and due to the form of Iheanacho, the Zambian might find it hard to break into the starting eleven straight away.

Iheanacho is set to stay at Leicester next season, especially since he signed a contract extension just two months ago, and with him being Leicester's top scorer in all competitions last season with 19 goals, he is one of the most crucial players at the King Power.

Daka is also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool, as the two sides look to solve their problems up front, with Chelsea wanting someone more consistent in front of goal than Timo Werner, while Liverpool want some younger options up front with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all in their late twenties.

Daka has a market value of €22 million (, but Red Bull Salzburg will most probably want more for the Zambian, who scored a staggering 34 goals and provided 12 assists in 42 games in all competitions, with 27 of those goals coming in 28 Austrian Bundesliga games.

With him having a phenomenal season, the forward is set for a big money move to one of Europe's top five leagues this summer.


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