Arsenal and Liverpool see identical bids rejected for prolific forward

Arsenal and Liverpool have both seen bids rejected for Sporting Lisbon striker, Islam Slimani, Noticias ao Minuto have reported.

According to these reports, Slimani had also been subject of a bid from Leicester City before Arsenal and Liverpool had tabled their offers but it is thought that Sporting Lisbon will hold firm until Slimani’s release clause, of around £24 million, is matched.

Slimani was prolific throughout the last campaign, netting 30 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese side and scoring on three occasions for Algeria.

Both clubs will likely make several more additions this summer as Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger look to keep pace with the expected cash-splashing of Manchester City and Manchester United.

Perhaps the signing of Slimani would allow Klopp to rotate Daniel Sturridge more freely, whilst the forward would mean that Giroud could be afforded a more genuine striker partner if required.

It will be intriguing to see quite what happens in this saga.