Newcastle fans react as Islam Slimani attends Arsenal vs Chelsea cup clash

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.

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…