Brendan Rodgers, manager of Leicester City, is disappointed that Nigerian forward Ademola Lookman was not retained.
Lookman spent last season on loan at Leicester, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances, but Rodgers’ side was unable to sign the winger permanently due to his €15 million valuation by parent club RB Leipzig.
The 24-year-old, who signed a five-year contract with Atalanta last week, is seen as a player who can compete with Harvey Barnes on the left side of the attack and was one of the transfers Rodgers desired as part of a healthy shake-up.
When asked if City would make any signings before the end of the transfer window, Rodgers replied, “At this time, I would say no.” That was the source of our frustration: we didn’t have a direct replacement for Barnes.
“I would have loved to sign Ademola (Lookman), who was fantastic here last season with over 10 goals and assists, but we were unable to do so.” Unfortunately, that means we’ll have to look at the squad and team and try to adapt before sending them out to be as organized as possible.”
Lookman joined Charlton Athletic’s youth system in 2014 and quickly rose through the ranks before making his first-team debut in November 2015.
Over the next two seasons, he appeared 49 times in all competitions for the Addicks, scoring 12 goals, before joining Everton on a four-and-a-half-year contract in January 2017.
He scored four goals in 48 appearances for Everton before joining RB Leipzig on loan for the 2017-18 season, which led to a permanent five-year deal in July 2019.
He also spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Fulham, where he scored four goals in 35 appearances but was unable to keep them in the Premier League.