Leicester City has finalised a club-record £29.7million deal for Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani. Claudio Ranieri had a £25m bid r...
Leicester City has finalised a club-record £29.7million deal for Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani.
Claudio Ranieri had a £25m bid rejected for the forward on Tuesday but went back to the Portuguese side with an improved offer, which has been accepted.
The deal is the third time the Foxes are smashing their transfer record having signed Nempalys Mendy for £13m and Ahmed Musa for £18m.
The Algerian, who scored 27 times last season, passed a medical before the deal was finalised.
Leicester striking a deal for Slimani at £29.7m represented a significant moment for the club, who have waited until deadline day for cash-strapped Sporting Lisbon to lower their £35m asking price.
Slimani was training with Algeria on Tuesday and could be seen talking and laughing with Riyad Mahrez throughout the session.
Slimani, 28, scored in Europe's elite competition during the 2014-15 campaign and has an enviable record for Sporting, finding the net 57 times in 109 games over three seasons.
He knows Mahrez well from their time together at international level and has scored 23 goals in 43 Algeria appearances, starring at the 2014 World Cup.