The Leicester City striker spent the last season on loan with Monaco, but could have returned to the Premier League in the January window.
The 31-year-old cost the Foxes £ 28 million from Sporting in 2016, but has only scored eight Premier League goals since then, making Monaco his third loan away from the King Power Stadium in as many years. seasons.
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Algeria was thought to hold on to the Algerian international, Dean Smith desperately looking for reinforcements after Wesley Moraes’ injury late in the season.
They would have finally signed Mbwana Samatta and Borja Baston, Slimani would have refused to move to Villa Park, not wanting to participate in a relegation battle.
With Villa – Manchester United and Tottenham were credited with interest, both facing shortages of similar strikers.
In the end, he would stay with the French club, but it is understood that they do not wish to make the loan agreement permanent, casting his long-term future in doubt.
And the player himself has declared to the French outlet Le Score that he would welcome a return to Sporting, the club where he became famous.
He said, “Why not? Sporing is a club that has a big place in my heart, like CR Belouizdad, or the other clubs where I started, Aïn Benian and Chéraga. To be honest, since I left Sporting, I have always thought of returning to this club that marked me.
” When exactly? I do not know. “