Leicester confirm £23m Patson Daka transfer with one more on way

Dani Parejo, Patson Daka TEAMtalk

Patson Daka will complete his move to Leicester from RB Salzburg on Thursday.

The 22-year-old striker will join the Foxes on a five-year deal, subject to Premier League and international clearance, for around £23million.

Zambia international Daka scored 68 times across 125 appearances for Salzburg.

He told lcfc.com: “I’m so, so excited to join this great, historic club. It has been my dream and I’m so happy and looking forward to what’s coming next.

“I have followed Leicester from the time they won the league. I feel it is the perfect place for me, because it’s a team that fights for titles. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I feel ready to face this new challenge.

“I will give my best for the club each and every day, and I look forward to seeing the Leicester City fans inside the stadium soon.”

Daka helped the Austrian side to four successive league titles and a total of seven trophies in four seasons.

He scored 27 times in just 28 league appearances last term to finish as the Austrian Bundesliga’s top scorer and was named the top flight’s player of the season.

Daka becomes boss Brendan Rodgers’ first signing of the summer as the FA Cup holders look for a long-term successor to Jamie Vardy.

The forward filled the void left by Erling Haaland and bagged an impressive 34 goals from 42 outings last term.

Daka had also been a target for Liverpool, though explained why he snubbed the Reds last week.

HITC (citing ZambianFootball) noted that Daka ‘decided to reject Liverpool after holding talks with the club’.

His reasoning centred around where he believed he would be afforded the greatest opportunity to shine. Leicester were deemed more capable of offering him ‘more guaranteed gametime’.

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Soumare next

The Zambian is also set to be joined in Leicester by Lille midfielder, Boubakary Soumare.

At just 22, Soumare has already won plaudits for his all-action displays in the middle of the park. Leicester have been tipped for some time to be chasing his signature, and the Mirror state he will soon join for a fee of £22m.

Soumare helped Lille pull off a major upset by winning Ligue 1 last season. Daka, meanwhile, fired Salzburg to the Austrian league and cup double.

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