AS Monaco demand €2.5m to let striker join Tottenham in January transfer window


Tottenham interested in securing loan signing of Islam Slimani
The 31-year-old is currently playing on loan for AS Monaco

Jose Mourinho’s side is on the hunt for a new striker after Harry Kane was ruled out for up to four months with a hamstring injury.

AS Monaco are adamant that Tottenham would have to pay €2.5m in compensation if they want the Ligue 1 club to end Islam Slimani’s season-long loan in the January transfer window.

Jose Mourinho’s men are on the lookout for a new striker after losing Harry Kane until the end of the season with a hamstring injury.

Their search for a new forward has seen the North London club getting linked with several forwards from across Europe and Slimani, who joined Monaco from Leicester on a season-long loan at the start of this season, is one of them.

But with Steven Bergwijn having already joined the club from PSV Eindhoven, it remains to be seen whether Spurs would push on with their reported pursuit of the Algerian.

Monaco demand €2.5m to cut Slimani’s loan short

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Quoting Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna, Sport Witness has reported that Monaco are willing to let the 31-year-old leave the club this month.

Slimani joined Monaco in the summer and has highly impressed in his first six months with the club. The Algerian has seven goals and an equal number of assists in his first 14 games for the Ligue 1 outfit.

But with the change of management at the club and the striker falling out of favor, Slimani is looking for a move back to the Premier League this month.

His side, however, are keen that they won’t let the forward leave without compensation and has made it clear to Tottenham who have expressed their interest in securing the services of the 31-year-old.

Spurs are adamant that they won’t be paying that much for a striker who is currently on loan, though it remains to be seen whether their stance changes between now and Friday night when the transfer window will officially close.

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Provided the North London side does end up securing the unlikely capture of the Algerian, it might pose a selection headache for their manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese already has the likes of Son Heung-Min who can play as an attacker and would likely be given that role following the signing of Steven Bergwijn from PSV on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder’s favored position is on the left side of the front three, one which Son made his own when Kane was playing up ahead of him.

But with the England international now ruled out for an indefinite period due to injury and Bergwijn arriving from Eredivisie, the South Korean might expect to play in a more advanced role.

Should that happen, and there’s no reason to suggest why it won’t, Slimani might have to settle for a position on the Spurs’ bench following his potential arrival at the club.

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