Premier League outfits, Leicester City could be on the verge of losing their forward in Islam Slimani due to his hefty weekly wages.
According to reports, the Algeria international’s £65,000-a-week wages could hinder the Foxes’ chances of selling the out-of-favor striker to French side St. Etienne during the January transfer window.
After a summer of relentless speculation, the Foxes’ one-time record signing is still plying his trade with the club; much to the surprise of Brendan Rodgers whose side plays reigning Premier League champions Liverpool this weekend.
Speaking to the Leicester Mercury a few weeks ago, Leicester City boss admitted that he expected Slimani to leave the King Power outfit before the October deadline amid reports with West Bromwich Albion and former club Sporting Lisbon are strongly keen on his signature whose contract expires next summer too.
And while Rodgers took the time to praise his veteran target-man, pointing out that Slimani’s 6ft 2ins, penalty-pox presence would give Leicester a viable Plan B in the final third, the Algeria international has been restricted to just 19 minutes of Premier League action all season long.
If Leicester wants to recoup at least a fraction of that £29 million windfalls, they have no choice but to find a buyer in January.
Then again, unless Slimani is willing to take a cut on his £65,000-a-week wages, the Foxes will be stuck with their forgotten forward until he leaves the Midlands for free in July.
L’Equipe reports that St Etienne wants to bring Slimani back to France, perhaps inspired by an exceptional loan spell at Monaco which saw the striker netted nine goals and seven assists at Monaco last term. However, to put it simply, £65,000-a-week is far more than St Etienne is willing to pay.