Leicester City smash transfer record to complete signing of Algerian striker Islam Slimani

The Foxes have shelled out around £30million for the forward.

Leicester City smash transfer record to complete signing of Algerian striker Islam Slimani
Leicester City smash transfer record to complete signing of Algerian striker Islam Slimani

Leicester City have broken their transfer record for the third time this summer, signing Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon in what's expected to be their final move of the transfer window.

Record breaking fee as summer spend continues

Slimani has arrived on a five-year-contract, with the fee suggested to be in the region of £27million, with add-ons that could take it over the £30million mark, comfortably the Foxes' record purchase.

Having signed the likes of Ahmed Musa, Nampalys Mendy and Ron-Robert Zieler this summer, the Premier League champions' spending is edging closer to the £70million mark, something that would have been unthinkable when they were in the Championship a few years ago. 

Do Leicester need another striker?

It's seen as a strange one by some, given that Leicester already had Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, who were excellent last season, in their striking department - before adding Musa!

Will Jamie Vardy still be Claudio Ranieri's first choice striker? (photo: Getty)
Will Jamie Vardy still be Claudio Ranieri's first choice striker? (photo: Getty)

However, you can't doubt Slimani's quality, having broken records last season on his way to a fantastic return of 27 goals in 33 games for the Portugese giants. He was hailed as 'The Dragon Slayer' for his fantastic scoring record against FC Porto, nicknamed 'The Dragons' something that Leicester will be hoping he takes into their Champions League group fixtures against the Portugese side. 

Slimani is a teammate of Foxes starlet Riyad Mahrez in the Algerian National Team, and upon his unveiling as a Leicester player, he commented; "To join a team like Leicester City is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something I simply could not turn down."