Newcastle fans can’t believe the asking price for Islam Slimani, after reports claimed Leicester want at least £17.5million for the striker.
According to the Chronicle, Leicester City will demand “in excess of £17.5m” for the struggling Slimani this summer, which will likely rule Newcastle out of the chase.
The Algerian international, who has an impressive hit rate of 27 goals in 56 caps for his country, failed to impress on his loan spell with the Magpies.
The towering striker moved to Tyneside in January, as Rafael Benitez tried desperately to add some goals to his side on a shoestring budget.
While the loan additions of Kenedy and Martin Dubravka were huge successes for the Magpies, Slimani barely played because of an on-going thigh injury, and failed to score in the four appearances he made towards the end of the season.
Benitez is once again in dire need of some firepower up front, but the Chronicle report suggests that firepower won’t come from the Algerian, as the manager moves on to the next target on his long striker shortlist.
Fans are clearly in agreement that the Algerian is simply not worth that much, and some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
— Andy Hudson (@andyhudson77) May 22, 2018
— Michelle Trott (@mtrott70) May 22, 2018
No way he cost a fortune for not playing
— Sidney maddison armitage (@MaddisonSidney) May 22, 2018
He’s priced at 17.5m and the estimate hanging around Kennedy is in the 15m area. Have Leicester has a stroke over night?
— Stevo (@KentonSpartan) May 22, 2018
17 million Turkish Lira perhaps
— john t graham (@toonjohnnyg) May 22, 2018
They should be paying us 17 Million to take him!
— AJ Molloy (@BeatleDouche) May 22, 2018
Perhaps worth loaning him again as he owes the fans 15 apology goals
— Shaun Patrick Watson (@shawnwatson5) May 22, 2018
Bargain. …if Vardy thrown in aswell …buy 1 get 1 free …
— Mikey G (@GoodridgeMike) May 22, 2018
You got to be joking
— Alan Coates (@AlanCoates7) May 22, 2018