Following Islam Slimani’s return from his loan at Newcastle, Leicester City will once again befacing the prospect of having to negotiate the Algeria international’s exit from the club in the summer.
However, according to Le Buteur, the Foxes aren’t going to let him go to let him go that easily, claiming the Premier League side want at least €20m for their striker.
A lot of that is due to the fact they originally paid around €35m for his services, and the asking price is said to be putting potential suitors off a bit.
As they made very clear last summer with Riyad Mahrez, Leicester want to ensure they get well compensated for their sales, which could force Slimani to stay another season at King Power Stadium.
While his desire is to leave his current club, a Jamie Vardy exit (recently linked with Atlético Madrid… yes, yes, we know) could change things.
But, and it’s a big one, if Slimani is to stay, one condition would need to be fulfilled: Claude Puel would need to be sacked.
The French manager has made it very clear he isn’t the biggest fan of the former Sporting CP star, and the prospect of reliving the first six months of the 2017-18 season isn’t attractive.
Le Buteur state the situation should be made much clearer in the coming days, as Leicester are expected to make a decision on their managerial future.
As for where he could go, Slimani told O Jogo over the weekend ‘nothing was impossible’ when asked about a potential Sporting CP return.