Turkish champions Besiktas want to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, according to English sports media Sky Sports News. Slimani was Leicester’s record signing when he joined from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016, but has struggled for game time in his second season at the King Power Stadium.
Negotiations have already taken place between the two clubs, with Besiktas looking to replace Cenk Tosun who they sold to Everton last week. The Istanbul outfit won their Champions League group, and can offer that level of elite European football to Slimani as they face Bayern Munich in the last 16 next month.
The President of Besiktas. Fikret Orman, was at Leicester’s match last night where Slimani got an assist in the FA Cup against Fleetwood Town. Foxes boss Claude Puel admitted that there were too many strikers at the club, and it could be Slimani who makes way from the Premier League.
However, it is understood that Leicester will not sell the Algerian unless they get a large sum of the money that they spent on the striker back. He has five goals and one assist this season in 17 matches, and is currently the top scorer in the English League Cup.
The 29-year-old has made just two starts in the Premier League this season, scoring in one of them against Huddersfield Town.