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Islam Slimani’s reduced asking-price should be of keen interest to Celtic

Islam Slimani’s reduced asking-price should be of keen interest to Celtic

According to a recent report from The Leicester Mercury, Leicester City have reduced their asking-price for striker Islam Slimani to just £18 million. The 30-year-old has struggled to make a meaningful impact at the King Power Stadium following his move from Sporting Lisbon back in 2016, to the point that he was shipped out on loan to fellow Premier League side Newcastle United in the second half of last season.

And with that spell not working for the 58-cap Algeria international, it appears that his Leicester career is as good as over, which should be of keen interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as he seeks to take the Bhoys to the next level in the years to come.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, while the Scottish giants have dominated football north of the border in winning back-to-back domestic trebles in the last two seasons, they have yet to really make a statement of intent on the European stage, losing in the last-32 of the Europa League to Zenit last season.

And given how far they are ahead of everybody else in Scotland, improving in European competition is sure to be of keen interest to manager Rodgers, although that ambition must be matched in the transfer window.

And while Slimani has struggled in England, his goal-scoring record for previous clubs Sporting Lisbon and CR Belouizdad suggests that he could be a hit for the Scottish champions.

The 30-year-old earned the move to Leicester back in 2016 having netted 57 times in 111 appearances for Portuguese giants Sporting, a few of which coming in European competition, which backs up the 43 he scored during a four-year stint at Algerian side Belouizdad.

Thus, it’s clear that Slimani has genuine pedigree in front of goal and could well flourish for Celtic this season, thus providing Rodgers with an alternative to the likes of Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard, and Leigh Griffiths, the former of which has repeatedly been linked with a move away in the last 12 months.

And given the strengths Slimani would bring to the striking ranks, namely being excellent aerially but also in holding the ball up to bring others into play, he could be a huge asset to Rodgers both domestically and in Europe this season.

And for just £18 million, which is somewhat less than the reported £25 million Leicester wanted earlier this summer, they must seek to join the likes of Sporting Lisbon in pursuit of the Algerian star.

Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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