The Daily Mail have claimed that Leicester City want a loan fee worth £4million for target man Islam Slimani with the Algerian interesting Manchester United ahead of next week’s deadline – while Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked.
Slimani, 31, has flopped at Leicester since his £29million move to The Foxes from Sporting Lisbon. He scored just 13 goals in 46 games for The Foxes, and has since been shipped out on loan to Newcastle, Fenerbahce and now Monaco.
But he has rediscovered his goalscoring touch at Monaco, scoring seven goals in 14 games for the Ligue 1 outfit – as well as laying on seven assists for the French side. It has attracted admirers from the Premier League.
Manchester United are desperate for a striker after Marcus Rashford suffered an injury. United are keen to sign Slimani on a loan deal, but have been told a loan will cost £4million. The Mail have also claimed Slimani is also being eyed by Spurs.
TBR’s view – Is Slimani really worth a go in the Premier League again?
In 39 appearances in the Premier League, Slimani has only scored eight goals. Though he struggled at Leicester, he was much worse at Newcastle – managing just four appearances in a loan spell under Rafa Benitez.
Slimani does have a new-found confidence after some excellent form in France, and he is the perfect Jose Mourinho striker. For United, though, he is hardly the kind of player that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s possession-based style requires.