Why Leicester blocked Man Utd’s loan move for seven-goal striker

Islam Slimani looks all set to remain on loan with AS Monaco after Leicester reportedly blocked a loan move to the Premier League.

The 31-year-old striker is a Leicester City player, but he was loaned to Monaco last summer with the French side holding an option to buy the forward this summer.

However, his apparent desire to cut short his loan stay in the south of France caught the attention of top clubs across Europe.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham were believed to be tracking Slimani and Le10 Sport claimed both clubs were hoping to sign the player on loan for the second half of the season.

Now though the player looks destined to remain in France, despite FCInternews reporting that United had spoken to Slimani’s agent Federico Pastorello.



Le10Sport via Sport Witness claim Leicester don’t want to sanction Slimani’s move to a Premier League rival with Brendan Rodgers unwilling to strengthen either United or Tottenham.

The Algeria international has scored seven goals and got seven assists in 13 league matches for Monaco so far this season.

Man Utd have also seen a move for Bournemouth’s Josh King fail, although Cherries boss Eddie Howe did not sound too confident of keeping King at his press conference on Friday.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though was not confident of adding a new man today at his press conference.

“I don’t think we’ll do any more business, no,” the manager said. “Anthony [Martial] & Marcus can break their nose as well.”