Arsenal submit £20m bid for prolific striker – report

By on June 14, 2016

According to Portuguese outlet Noticias ao Minuto, Arsenal have seen an opening £20m (€25.3m) offer for striker Islam Slimani rejected by Sporting Lisbon.

Arsene Wenger has already hinted that he’ll look to bring in another striker after losing Danny Welbeck for the majority of next season due to a serious knee injury.

We’ve been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, most notably Jamie Vardy, but our proposed £20m move for the Leicester City striker has stalled after he decided to mull over his future during Euro 2016.

It’s left the boss looking for alternative targets in-case Vardy decides to remain at Leicester and it appears his search has taken him to Portugal as news outlet Noticias ao Minuto claim we’ve seen a £20m offer for Slimani knocked back by Sporting Lisbon.

The report says that Liverpool have also seen an identical offer rejected with Sporting holding out for the full value of the striker’s £24m (€30m) release clause – which expires on June 30th.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Wenger decides to up his bid and match the release figure but we need to act fast otherwise Lisbon could increase the asking price when the clause expires at the end of the month.

That leaves us in a bit of a difficult situation as reports suggest that Arsenal are prepared to wait until Vardy makes his decision after he’s finished at the Euro’s – which could be in July meaning we’d miss Slimani’s release clause deadline.

However, I personally wouldn’t be too disappointed if we did miss out on the Algerian international as I think he would be a risky signing. The 27-year-old did score an impressive 31 goals in all competitions for Sporting last season but can he replicate that sort of form in the Premier League?

Club to demand £30m after Arsenal table opening £25m offer

It’s easy to get carried away with the number of goals a player scores in weak league’s like the Portuguese Primeira Liga but many struggle when they come to England, so Slimani would still be a gamble and I think there are better strikers we should be going for.


  1. Bakri

    June 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Well done Arsenal ,Islam Slimani will be very happy to join a big club like Arsenal and will do his best to prove himself at the highest level. He is at a good age , tall and well built and can handle the style of the premier league.

  2. silentstan

    June 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    in the papers 5 days ago, keep up

  3. Wolfgang

    June 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    It’s definitely a gamble and if he cant cope
    it will be more time wasted.

    • steven unwin

      June 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

      every footballer is a gamble.

  4. Elder Gudjohnson

    June 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Gud day all, to start with,I can’t imagine why some players wants out of their FC who is going to be playing in the uefa champions league and sign for a club who ain’t even in the europa league. It’s complicated.

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  6. Bouba

    June 15, 2016 at 8:38 am

    It does not matter which players are recruited by Wenger (not Arsenal, Buf Arsene Wenger, who is “Arsenal”), this club will ever be a “top club” (too easily used in this country… A top club wins leagues and CL and Arsenal are no where near doing that one day) as long as the Frenchman will be in charge…
    We don’t even know if Ozil (wanted by PSG) or Sanchez (wanted by Ancelotti) will be at the club next season as they still have to sign contract extension…
    Even with Messi and Ronaldo we would won f*ck all as Wenger is so behind in term of tactics and modern football knowledge…!!

    • al abass

      June 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      You got very short memory after all Wenger has done for Arsenal.So you want to get rid of Wenger my question is who do you want to replace him?

  7. steven unwin

    June 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    ARSENAL thing to do ether it be transfer or tactics is to ponder and miss the boat.

  8. grimes

    June 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Slimani is really a Monster Striker. He’s every Pound worth.

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