Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon over the transfer of hotshot attacker Islam Slimani and a deal could be finalized within 24 hours.

Portuguese paper Record claim the Gunners had sent a scout to monitor the player during Sporting’s 1-0 win over Pacos Ferreira last Saturday. Slimani played the full 90 minutes, but did not get on the score-sheet.

HITC reports Arsenal have taken things a step further, and have made contact with the player’s club. And it is believed that Arsene Wenger is willing to pay in excess of £25m to secure a deal.

Talks are poised to carry on as Wenger continues his search for a new striker. The French manager has already been snubbed by Leicester City star Jamie Vardy this summer, as well as Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

Recent reports coming out of France are also claiming that the Gunners boss has been trying to get Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, but that Arsenal’s board is unwilling to sanction the move as his release clause stands at €100m.

Slimani does provide a more reasonable option, although he is under contract until 2020 at Sporting. The Algerian has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for the Portuguese club and could prove to be a hit at the Emirates if talks don’t fall through.

Signing Slimani would definitely earn Wenger a bit of favour with the Arsenal support, who have been on his back for the last few weeks. With seven days still left to go in the transfer window, he has plenty of time to sew this up.



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