According to reports from Portugal, Arsenal have bad their bid for Algerian and Sporting forward Slimani Islam rejected by the Portuguese club.
Arsene Wenger has never hidden his admiration for the forward who scored 31 goals in 46 league games for the capital club last season. Slimani has been the darling of many clubs who have targeted him for some time (Liverpool and Leicester City).
Arsenal isn’t the only club whose bid for the Algerian was rejected as the likes of Liverpool and Leicester City also has their bid rejected this summer. Sporting have disclosed that they have rejected the bids for Slimani as of result of the affected clubs inability to meet the £24 million release clause of the forward which will expire on 31st of June , thereby making it more difficult for the player to leave the club. This is because once the release clause expires, Sporting will no longer be obliged by law to sell him as they would retain the power to sell him for any fee they deem fit.
According to Portuguese website Noticias Minuto via the Express, Leicester made a bid of £19 million with Liverpool and Arsenal each bidding £20 million.
However, I find it annoying that Arsenal knows a release clause exist and went with a lower bid. It is like going to a store, knowing the price of the product ( which is fixed ) and then wanting to pay lower for it. It is even more annoying consider Arsenal is increasingly running out of options in the striker front.