Leicester beat Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool to £23m Daka

Robin Bairner
Who is Patson Daka? The ‘new Samuel Eto’o’ coveted by Man Utd, Man City, and Liverpool

Patson Daka has signed for Leicester, with the Foxes beating Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool to the Red Bull Salzburg striker.

The Premier League side confirmed the deal on Wednesday, with the forward penning a five-year deal subject to international clearance.

While no transfer fee has been made public by either side, Daka is reported to have moved for £23 million.

Despite Brexit and the additional red tape that must be crossed to secure signings from abroad, the Premier League club are not expected to have any issues in completing the deal, which will be made permanent from 1 July.

Daka: The next Eto'o, Haaland or Henry?

Daka, who is 22, has been likened to legendary Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o but also Erling Haaland, with his prolific nature in front of goal earning comparisons with the Borussia Dortmund hitman, who has been one of Europe's most potent forwards for over 18 months.

Indeed, Daka did well to line up to that reputation in the Austrian Bundesliga last term as he scored 27 goals in 28 games to finish as the division's leading marksman. Unsurprisingly, he was also named as Austria's Player of the Season.

When I saw Patson Daka, what came into my mind is this guy is the next Thierry Henry – and in no time he has proved it
- Dan Kabwe, Patson Daka's former coach

His former coach, though, believes there are more similarities to Thierry Henry than anyone else.

“When I saw Patson Daka, what came into my mind is this guy is the next Thierry Henry – and in no time he has proved it,” Daka’s former boss at Power Dynamos, Dan Kabwe, told News Diggers.

“Where he is at Salzburg, it is a stepping stone. He has the potential to go further and meet other challenges. He is capable of making it (at the top level).

“He is an intelligent boy and full of talent. If the boy is already swimming in the deep end, why limit him?”

Daka will now be given the chance to show his talents in the Premier League next season, where Leicester hope he can replicate the success that Haaland has had in stepping up a level.