When there is a managerial change at a club and a manager is appointed who has managed at the same level, previously, it is not uncommon for that manager to return to his previous club to sign a player, or two.
Today, lurking in the media source, the Telegraph, is the inference that Claudio Ranieri could be set to follow just that route.
Our referenced source is championing the inference that Ranieri is set to, in January, bring Islam Slimani to Craven Cottage.
Slimani is Leicester City’s top-signing and someone Ranieri is very aware of.
However, whilst I accept that we could do with another striker, to ease the workload on Aleksandar Mitrovic, is Slimani the right man?
The reason I ask is that the 30-year-old Algerian international has been loaned out, by Leicester City, to the Turkish side Fenerbahce.
Whilst on loan with the Turkish club, his form has been far from glittering with the striker having netted just a solitary league goal.
In fact, he’s been so disappointing it is being reported, by our source, Fenerbahce are looking to end his loan spell early and send him back to Leicester.
When Ranieri broke Leicester City’s transfer record, he paid a fee of £29 million for the player, our aforementioned source suggests he’s hoping to acquire the strikers’ services for around half that fee once the January transfer window opens.
To me, that still seems a bit steep unless Ranieri is confident he can get Slimani firing on all cylinders again!
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