Reported Newcastle United target Islam Slimani attended Chelsea’s EFL Cup defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, and Magpies fans believe that they are set to miss out on signing the 29-year-old.
Islam Slimani is in London tonight, attending the Arsenal vs Chelsea match.
— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) January 24, 2018
According to the Algeria international’s Instagram story on his official account, he was in north London with Leicester City teammate Riyad Mahrez to watch the semi-final clash.
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that Rafa Benitez has made enquiries for the £20m-rated centre-forward, but the Leicester Mercury reported that the Premier League holders have done the same as Antonio Conte looks to bring in a new target man before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on Slimani watching the Blues in action at the Emirates on Wednesday via social media, and while one said “that deal is done”, another said he’s ‘one target we aren’t getting then’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Slimani was at Chelsea v arsenal game. So that deal is done
— Richard Evans (@richie65evans) January 25, 2018
— NUFC Gallowgate (@NUFCgallowgate) January 24, 2018
— Matthew (@BigNumberFour) January 24, 2018
Go for it Slimani 29 year old get paid for sitting on your arse surely would rather play know I would players just wasting their careers #joke
— David (@DavidGuy67) January 24, 2018
one target we aint getting then lol
— jimmy kelly (@xskye69x) January 24, 2018