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Loan switch confirmed for striker

21st August 2019, 15:09 by Bobbie Jackson

Leicester have confirmed that Algeria international Islam Slimani will spend the 2019-20 season on-loan with Monaco.

The Algeria international joined the Foxes off the back of their shock Premier League triumph for a then club-record fee of £28million from Sporting Lisbon.

He arrived in the Premier League with a big reputation after hitting 27 goals in 33 league outings during 2015-16 but he was unable to maintain that form.

Slimani netted just seven times in 23 appearances during his debut season in England, although he was restricted to 13 starts.

2017-18 also proved difficult as the striker scored only once in 12 appearances and he was subsequently loaned out to Newcastle for the second half of the


His career has since consisted of loan spells away from the King Power Stadium, spending last season with Fenerbahce, however, regular football was once again hard to come by.

Brendan Rodgers clearly doesn't feel Slimani has a role to play for the Foxes this term and the club have confirmed has joined Monaco on a season-long loan.

Jamie Vardy remains the first choice centre forward for Leicester while Ayoze Perez has also been heavily involved in the opening two games following his summer switch from Newcastle.

Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has also been handed the chance to stick around and fight for gametime.

Leicester said in a statement: "Leicester City striker Islam Slimani will spend the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after a season-long loan deal was agreed between the two clubs.

"He will now link up with AS Monaco and could make his debut for the Ligue 1 outfit at home to Nimes on Sunday afternoon."

Monaco have been seeking attacking reinforcements all summer as striker Radamel Falcao continues to be linked with a move to Turkey.

Reports suggest the veteran Colombia forward has been offered the chance to sign a lucrative deal with Galatasaray, while his agent, Jorge Mendes, admitted earlier in the summer that he could even take the up opportunity to play in the MLS.

Boss Leonardo Jardim is still in the midst of a rebuilding job with the Principality club after they narrowly avoided relegation last season.

Slimani will have plenty of competition for a starting role at the Stade Louis II following a raft of arrivals in the final third.

Wissam Ben Yedder is the marquee signing of the summer, having agreed a 40million euros switch from Sevilla, while Gelson Martins and Henry Onyekuru are also likely to be in the mix.

It looks set to be another tough season for Monaco, despite the new additions, as they currently sit rock-bottom after losing their opening two league matches to Lyon and Metz without scoring a single goal.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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