Wednesday Jul 22, 2015. 10:08
Following their arrival in South Africa to participate in the inaugural Cape Town Cup this coming weekend, Sporting Lisbon could sign Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou.
According to Greek media, Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson as coach of Leicester, is interested in bringing Algerian striker Islam Slimani to the Foxes.
However, Slimani plays for Sporting and so a position will be open in attack with the Portuguese side making enough money to meet the players £5.95m release clause.
The report by Daily Star suggests that the Cottagers have reportedly clarified that they will not consider any offer that does not meet the asking price.
The Algerian striker had an impressive last season as he was the fifth-top scorer with 12 goals in 21 matches.
Following Mitroglou’s move to Craven Cottage in January last year and costing a club-record fee of £12.4m, he failed to live up to expectations as he arrived with an injury and failed to score a single goal.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old was loaned to Olympiakos last season where he scored 16 goals and it seems unlikely that Fulham will hold on to him and so the Greece international is now looking for his next challenge.
With Ranieri and Mitroglou having worked together in the Greece national team, the latter could be on his way to the Portuguese giants as "The Tinkerman" could help him in making the move possible.
Jorge Jesus’ charges will meet Ajax Cape Town on Friday night, July 24 at Cape Town Stadium as he prepares them for the upcoming 2015/16 campaign.