If reports from the Portuguese and the French media are worth believing, Arsenal may be very close to completing their second summer signing. After signing Granit Xhaka, Arsenal are said to be close to signing Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon. The high rated Algerian scored 31 goals last season in all competitions and has been linked with moves to England with Liverpool, Leicester City and Tottenham said to be interested in him.
After Jamie Vardy chose to remain at Leicester City and Morata looking like he will be signing for Chelsea and not us, we are increasingly getting out of options. Although we have this week been said to have agreed personal terms with Romelu Lukaku, I however believe this reports are off the mark. A move for Islam Slimani is more Arsenal like.
The Algerian is said to be available for £24m buy-out clause which is more like the sort of money Wenger will be willing to pay. I personally can’t see Wenger paying £65 million which is the price been quoted for Romelu Lukaku or the £57.8 million Real Madrid are reportedly demanding for Morata.
Islimani may be unknown but every player was unknown before they got their chance and if we had for instance paid what Saint Ettiene wanted for Aubameyang back then we when we were first linked with his signing, we will not be in this position now.