Leicester are reportedly looking to clear their dead wood this summer and are willing to listen to offers for powerhouse striker Islam Slimani – so should Aston Villa reconsider a move, after being linked in January?
The Telegraph claim Leicester deem 31-year-old Slimani surplus to requirements this summer, along with midfielders Andy King and Adrien Silva. Slimani spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Fenerbahce.
The 61-time Algeria international scored five goals in 25 games for Fener, three of which came in the Europa League. But the Turkish side’s dismal form in the league saw Slimani struggle, and then eventually dropped.
With two years left on his Leicester contract following his £29million (BBC) move from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016, Slimani will be desperate to leave the King Power either on loan or permanently.
Newly-promoted Aston Villa were linked with a move for Slimani back in January, according to Turkish outlet Ajansspor. However, Slimani remained at Fenerbahce which ultimately proved to be the wrong decision.
Villa have brought in Wesley Moraes for a club-record fee from Club Brugge, but other than Jonathan Kodjia they have little back-up to Moraes. There are also doubts over whether Kodjia can make the step up in the top tier.
Luring Slimani on a bargain deal, or even a loan-to-buy move could be an inspired signing by Villa. He did impress on occasion in the Premier League with Leicester, scoring eight goals and creating six more in 39 outings.
Able to bring others into play and find the back of the net himself, a striker such as Slimani would bring the best out of the likes of Jack Grealish, Jota and Anwar El Ghazi. Villa should reignite January interest and sign Slimani.