Leicester would have to break record to sign Sporting hotshot

Oli Fisher
Islam Slimani: Attracting interest from several sides

Premier League champions Leicester City have been told they would have to break their club record in order to sign Algerian striker Islam Slimani.

The 27-year-old has scored 27 league goals in 33 appearances, and has a contract running until 2020 with Sporting CP, who finished second in the Primeira Liga in 2015-16.

The Algeria international has a £23.25million buy-out clause in his contract, due to expire in 2020, amid speculation of interest from Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Sporting Lison boss Jorge Jesus insists €30 million is not a the right price for a player of his quality.

“I would like for Slimani to stay,” he said. “This area is for the president. The coach also has a say, and [the Sporting president] knows my opinion,” Jesus told SIC Noticias.

“At present, 30 million for a player like Slimani is nothing.”

In an interview with Portuguese outlet La Gazette du Fennec, Slimani thanked the President of Sporting for a new deal and revealed his desire to stay with the club for the considerable future.

“I thank him for that [new contract]. This shows that I am important not only for him but also for the team and the club. As I have always said I want to stay here for many years.

In football, there are strong players on a technical level, players with physical stamina and players with a strong mind. Everyone has their qualities and everyone can contribute in their own way the success of his team.

“I think everyone knows my qualities and what I’m capable of. I score goals, I am intense and it’s very important for a striker.”