Leicester could be thin on their attacking options as talks accelerate regarding an Islam Slimani departure.
The Foxes have reached a verbal agreement for the sale of their 32-year-old striker. According to Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Slimani is set for a move to Rennes as the two clubs near an agreement for his services.
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The Algeria international has just one year remaining on his contract with Leicester and the club are not willing to extend it beyond 2021. As a result, they have made a verbal agreement with Rennes to sell Slimani this window and he will bring in a return of €8million (£7.1m).
He recently returned from his loan spell with Monaco after joining last summer on a one-year deal. This isn’t the first time Leicester have shipped Slimani out on loan, having experienced three temporary moves since his arrival in 2016.
The 32-year-old hasn’t played a game for the Foxes since 2018 and has evidently been dropped from any of Brendan Rodgers’ plans moving forwards (via Transfermarkt).
As it stands, if Slimani leaves the club this summer, Rodgers will be left with just Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho to occupy the forward role. Although Vardy won last season’s Golden Boot, pressure could seriously mount on his shoulders this term.
The Foxes are yet to make a single signing this window but could be bidding farewell to Ben Chilwell, who is close to a move to Chelsea. His £50million price tag would line the pockets of Leicester and help them sign a high-calibre striker to bolster their chances of a top four finish this term.
It’s vital Rodgers and Co look to recruit more attacking options or risk being one injury away from a total disaster up front.
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