Leicester City striker Islam Slimani has announced his delight at joining AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal.
The Algerian forward will spend the 2019/20 campaign with the Ligue 1 side, in his third loan deal away from the club after joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2016.
Since the 31-year-old has joined the club – for a reported £30m (The Guardian) – he has played 46 games, scoring on 13 separate occasions for the Foxes. He has also joined Newcastle United and Fenerbahce on loan during that time.
This loan deal also has an option to buy clause, according to Transfermarkt, however, when the loan deal is over, Slimani will have just one year left on the original five-year contract he signed at the club.
Slimani told the club website: “I am very happy to be involved with AS Monaco, a big club that aims to fight for the first places in the championship and to qualify for European competitions.
“I will give everything to help the club achieve its goals”.
Leicester would probably rather get rid of Slimani permanently and recuperate some of the money they paid for him, but after a torrid time since joining them that will be harder to do than it sounds.
When you consider that he scored 27 goals in 33 games for Sporting Lisbon in the Liga NOS, you can understand why Leicester took the punt on him and paid so much.
However, eight goals in 29 appearances in his first season (16/17) was as good as it got for the player as he was not fancied by Claude Puel in the 17/18 season and was subsequently shifted out to Newcastle on loan in January – overall he scored just five times in 21 matches.
Last season, things hardly improved. He went on loan to Fenerbahce, who had an absolutely horrific season, eventually finishing in sixth – but only nine points above the relegation spots. In that campaign he scored five in 25 in all competitions.
Since leaving Sporting, every season that Slimani has endured has got worse in terms of goal return. Considering this, Leicester may have been worried that they wouldn’t be able to find someone to pay his wages – reportedly £80,000-per-week, according to Spotrac.
Therefore, a move to Monaco will work for Leicester – and for Slimani – who will both be hoping that his form can improve.
If Leicester want to get a fee for the player, they could do with him scoring more goals, as another poor season would surely result in the club finding it difficult to recuperate anywhere near a third of the money they spent on him.
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