The English club Leicester City obstructed the transfer of national team striker Islam Slimani to the French club Rennes during the current summer transfers after Rennes was about to sign him, especially since Slimani, who returned to Leicester City recently, after the end of his loan period with the French club Monaco, preferred to stay in the “League 1”, knowing that he is still bound by a contract with the “Foxes” until June 2022, French media said on Tuesday.
The French magazine “France Football” said, in this regard, that the striker of the Algerian national team, Slimani, was close to wearing the shirt of the French club Rennes after his officials suggested in their negotiations with Leicester City an amount of 5 million euros to formally settle the deal before the English club management objected. and demanded 7 million euros in exchange for abandoning Slimani’s services.
“The French club Rennes ultimately chose a striker from Amiens club who is 8 years younger than Slimani, as it preferred Sehrou Guirassy, 24, compared to Soleimani, who is nearing the age of 33”, France Football added.
“Everything was going in the right direction until a phone call from Amiens which turned everything upside down. The Picards called back to finally accept the last Rennes proposal for their striker Sehrou Guirassy. The Bretons had been working on the Franco-Guinean track since May, and this had resulted in several offers, including a last of 15 M € made in June, rejected by Amiens, which expected 20 M €. Since then, the track had cooled, which led Rennes to choose the Algerian international”.
“But the Amiens management, alerted by the progress of the Slimani file, feared they could not sell Guirassy to the Bretons and ended up giving in. Some English clubs were ready to put in a large sum, but the player had chosen Rennes. And between a striker of 32 years and another of 24, the Rennes leaders chose the second, with the idea of selling Guirassy later with a nice added value … which immediately buried the negotiations with Slimani”.
It should be noted that many English clubs are interested in signing the Greens’ striker in the current period, like the English “West Bromwich” club which expressed its readiness to sign Slimani at the beginning of this week, as revealed by Sky Sports.
Slimani spent last season on loan at Monaco and scored nine goals in 18 matches in the French Ligue 1.
he Algerian international who joined the Foxes four years ago for £ 30million is still bound by a one-year-old contract at King Power Stadium.