Leicester City finally managed to sign long-term target Islam Slimani on transfer deadline day, spending what is believed to be around £29m on the prolific Sporting Lisbon striker.
The 28 year old, who left the Algerian squad today for a medical in Italy, commented: “To join a team like Leicester City is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something I simply could not turn down.”
Slimani, an international teammate of Riyad Mahrez, scored twice for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup and 48 goals in 82 appearances for Sporting.
Mahrez may have had some influence in the transfer: “My friend Riyad Mahrez spoke to me about the Club and about the atmosphere the Leicester fans create at King Power Stadium. I will give absolutely everything I have on the pitch for them and for my team-mates and I hope that together we can achieve something special.”
A deadline day departure saw Gökhan İnler signing for Beşiktaş on a three year deal.
His move to City didn’t work out, but he shared in the team spirit of the squad last season.
We wish him all the best in the future.
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