According to the Leicester Mercury, Leicester are willing to accept £18m for striker Islam Slimani and Wolves should make their move to sign him.
Slimani joined the club as Leicester’s record signing in a £30m deal from Sporting Lisbon, the summer after the Foxes’ miraculous title win in the 2015/16 season.
Now though, according to the Mercury, City are willing to accept a £12m loss after the 30-year-old spent an uninspiring second half of last season on loan with Newcastle. The same report also claims that Sporting Lisbon want to bring the target-man back on a season-long loan deal but that Leicester are looking for a permanent offer.
Slimani netted seven goals and provided four assists in just 23 Premier League games in his first season at the club, but then managed just one goal in the first half of last season for the Foxes.
The news that Leicester are willing to accept £18m for Slimani should be music to the ears of Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Having made nine signings already this summer ahead of their return to the Premier League, the one position that Santo may still look to improve is his main man upfront.
The West Midlands side have signed Raul Jimenez on loan from Benfica and Leo Bonatini has made his loan move at Molineux permanent this summer. The former only netted eight times in 43 games in 2017/18, while Brazilian striker scored just 12 goals in 47 appearances for Santo’s side last season though and may struggle to step up to the Premier League.
Slimani now has two years of Premier League experience and can be the perfect target man to lead the line for Santo as he would bring the wingers into the game much like the role Olivier Giroud played for France at this summer’s World Cup.
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