Tottenham eye move for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani:
After a disappointing campaign it’s a time for the North London side to take stock and make plans for the new season.
Jose Mourinho will be disappointed to miss out on a place in the Champions League this term, but the silver lining is that it could give them precious time to rebuild and go again.
hat said, it’s a risky game to play.
Spurs will have one key objective next term and that’s to finish in the top four.
If they don’t do that then they could have a problem with several players likely to be demanding a role in Europe’s elite competition.
While that could be an issue this summer, Mourinho has been told that he’s under no pressure to sell anybody this summer, meaning that the rebuild has been given the green light.
One area that’s bound to be targeted is in attack.
While Harry Kane is all-but irreplaceable as the club’s top striker, there’s a real need for a backup option to the talisman.
Several names have already been linked, the latest of whom is Islam Slimani.
Reports from ESPN have claimed that the Leicester City man has been offered to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 32-year-old moved to the Foxes after their Premier League triumph in 2016 but never really hit the ground running.
That led to loan spells with Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and most recently, AS Monaco where he’s been particularly impressive.
Slimani scored nine goals and created seven more in 18 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, alerting him to Jose Mourinho’s side as a potential option.
Whether a move will transpire or not is up for debate, but it’s certainly one to watch.
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
This is a move which is certainly of interest.
While things haven’t completely worked out for Islam Slimani at Leicester City, he’s certainly showed his credentials as a decent forward.
His time at Monaco has been a success, but it seems that his days at the King Power Stadium might be numbered.
Tottenham are hoping to sign a striker, but given Harry Kane’s status at the club it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to sign a top tier player due to the lack of playing time that’s guaranteed.
But a move for a player like Slimani could certainly work.
At 32 years of age, the Algerian is probably not good enough for a top level club, and that means that a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho could be appealing after all.
It could be his last chance to play for a club like that.
With a fee likely to be heavily reduced as well, it’s certainly a move that could gather momentum as the summer progresses.