Champions League

Leicester City break their transfer record to bring in Islam Slimani

Premier League champions Leicester have smashed their club record transfer fee to bring in Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon for around £30 million.

The forward has been a long term target for the Foxes and they have finally come to an agreement with the Portuguese side to bring the Algerian striker to the King Power Stadium.

The 28 year old joined Sporting in 2013 and had his best season last term, scoring 27 goals in 33 league appearances.

He has 43 caps for his country, scoring 23 goals in that time. Slimani will be joining his Algeria teammate Riyad Mahrez at Leicester and it is believed that Mahrez may have been the deciding factor as to why the forward joined Leicester ahead of West Brom, who had a bid rejected for him last week.

The pacey forward will look to challenge Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa for a starting place. All three players are very similar in their style of play, as they are direct and they look to utilise their pace to terrorize their opponents.

Leicester also hoped to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s captain, Adrien Silva for another record fee believed to be around £38 million. But this deal is looking increasingly unlikely to be concluded before the window slams shut tonight.



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