We reported via Sport Review earlier in the summer that Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani as the French tactician headed to Portugal in search of a striker to strengthen his squad ahead of the coming season.
Arsenal have now reignited their interest in the free scoring Algerian striker as they look to secure a deal for the player before the close of the window, reports the Daily Star.
The report claimed that Arsenal had a scout in attendance to watch the 28year attacker play for Sportin CP as they locked horns with Pacos Ferreira last Sunday.
Slimani had told the boss of Sporting CP Jorge Jesus of his desire to move to the Premier League and since he was denied, he failed to turn up for their training session, per reports. Sporting have since insisted that he was given permission to miss training but O Jogo are claiming differently.
The transfer market is heavily inflated at the moment but the report claims Slimani will be allow the leave Sporting for £30m against Arsenal’s offer of £25m.
The striker was in good form for the Portuguese based club throughout last season and his displays for Lisbon hasn’t gone unnoticed as the Arsenal boss is said to be very impressed.
The player scored 31 goals in 44 games for Sporting last season, an impressive stats for Arsenal who hasn’t have such a lethal striker since Van Persie left the club.