Islam Slimani set to join Leicester
Posted by Matt Walters | Published on August 31, 2016
Leicester City are set to confirm the signing of Sporting striker Islam Slimani after the two clubs agreed on a £30m fee for their star man. The Algerian scored 37 goals in 44 games last season and has 23 goals in 43 games for Algeria.
Leicester are keen to boost their attacking options after a sensational season in which they won the Premier League for the first time in their history and have qualified for the Champions League. Currently their striking options are Jamie Vardy, Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa. Manager Claudio Ranieri is supposedly keen to upgrade on them with Ulloa the most likely to depart as a result.
The Algerian joined Sporting in 2013 and only scored 25 in his first two seasons in Portugal, however he went on to score 31 goals in the following season, leading to his nomination for African Player of the Year, missing out on the top 3 to Yaya Toure, Andre Ayew and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Playing in a 442 formation, Slimani will likely partner talisman Jamie Vardy which could force new signing Ahmed Musa to play on the wing opposite PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez. Despite Leicester’s remarkable 16/17 season, this is a huge coup for the Midlands club and would aid their campaigns both domestic and continental.
The striker would be Leicester’s 6th signing of the window, joining Ahmed Musa, Ron-Robert Zieler, Bartosz Kaputska, Luis Hernandez and Nampalys Mendy and they are also closing in on the signing of Adrien Silva from Sporting.