Leicester City has officially signed Sporting forward Islam Slimani for a transfer fee in the range of £30 million after he passed his medical.
✅ DONE DEAL! Algeria striker @slimaniislam completes a #DeadlineDay move to Leicester City. #WelcomeSlimani pic.twitter.com/uA9reEVsjd— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 31, 2016
Slimani, 28, joins an already formidable attack and will provide Claudio Ranieri with yet another option up front. His hard-working style will fit in nicely with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, and Ahmed Musa. While this may spell the end for fan-favorite Leo Ulloa, Slimani’s undeniable quality should lessen the blow.
The forward bagged 27 league goals and helped lead his side to a second-place finish last term.
#WelcomeSlimani pic.twitter.com/oFGsQEuHxN— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 31, 2016
He also joins Algerian international teammate Riyad Mahrez, who is said to have had a hand in his signing.
West Bromwich Albion reportedly made a bid of their own for the striker, but in the end Leicester’s pursuit - which dates back all the way to 2014 - proved fruitful. It remains to be seen if his Lisbon teammate Adrien Silva will join him in making his way to the East Midlands.
The signing would only add to what’s already been a dream summer for the Foxes. While many expected the so-called "big clubs" to swoop in and leave the roster barren, the club has managed to fend off interest and sign nearly all of the key players to extensions (we miss you, Kanté).
In addition to retaining their own stars, Leicester has put the influx of cash to good use with the signings of Nampalys Mendy, Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernandez, Ahmed Musa, Bartosz Kapustka, and now Islam Slimani.