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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Algerian Slimani still interests Spurs

The Portuguese press are notoriously unreliable when it comes to transfer stories, I recall them suggesting Erik Lamela possibly going on loan for a season with a £5m purchase option, pure fantasy if ever there was any.

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A story emerging from A Bola is that Tottenham are interested in Algerian striker Islam Slimani, a player who has caught the eye at major championships. I remember seeing him at the World Cup where Algeria used a high-energy game and he caused all sorts of trouble for the opposition.

Leicester City have been linked but the paper suggest we are willing to pay £23.63 million (30m EUR - US$33.92m). I'd take that with a pinch of salt given he is 27-years-old (28 in June). It sounds to me very much like the Portuguese press wanting to generate interest in the Sporting (Lisbon) striker.

He is reported to have a release clause of £19.69 million (25m EUR - US$28.27m) so why would we be willing to pay more? It doesn't make any sense, which suggests there is little in the story.

I wonder if he is after an improved contract and his agent is spreading stories? Manchester United and Everton have been mentioned, the same Everton who do not have a manager and the Manchester United who may be changing theirs. Roma are also reported to be interested in him and West Ham get a mention.

Interest comes as no surprise, the figures do though. Reports in Italy suggest Roma are preparing to offer £12.99 million (16.5m EUR - US$18.66m) which sound far more sensible. The Portuguese league is not a top tier league and we consistently see players coming out of it and failing at a higher level. Jackson Martinez has flopped at Atleticofordrid ofr instance.

Portuguese clubs pay a salary and link it to a release clause to try and get a maximum price for a player. If the player wants a pay rise then the release clause goes up, regardless of whether the player is worth that money or not. The same happens in Spain, thus release clauses can often be totally ignored.

On his World Cup form he could do well, but I haven't seen him play week in and week out. he would be interesting at the right price, never something easy to obtain from Portugal, especially since we pinched Eric Dier for a pittance from under their noses.



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