Report: Reds and Arsenal have Slimani bids rejected

Date published: Tuesday 14th June 2016 1:11

Sporting Lisbon have rejected bids from Arsenal and Liverpool for striker Islam Slimani, according to reports in Portugal.

Sporting are understood to have rejected a €20million offer from Leicester City for Slimani earlier this week with SAPO Desporto also reporting Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested.

The 27-year-old striker scored 31 goals in 46 games last season as Sporting finished second behind Primeira Liga champions Benfica and he has caught the attention of numerous clubs across Europe.

And Portuguese news outlet Noticias ao Minuto has now reported that Liverpool and Arsenal have seen €25million bids turned down by Sporting, who are expected to play hardball over the player’s future.

Slimani is believed to have a €30million release clause in his contract and Sporting Lisbon boss Jorge Jesus is not prepared to allow the Algeria international striker to leave for less.

The former CR Belouizdad frontman, who moved to Portugal in August 2013 for £225,000, has scored 56 goals in 109 appearances for the club and has a contract until 2020 with the Portuguese outfit.

Jesus revealed last month that he wanted the striker to stay.

“I would like for Slimani to stay,” he said. “This area is for the president. The coach also has a say, and [the Sporting president] knows my opinion,” Jesus told SIC Noticias.

“At present, 30 million for a player like Slimani is nothing.”

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