Leicester City striker’s deadline day move collapsed over wage demands

The out of favour front man has been at Leicester since 2016, but has been loaned out three times as the Foxes quickly decided he wasn’t what they needed.

The Algerian has been at Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco since signing a five year contract, but none of them have wanted him permanently.

Sporting were interested, but his wages were said to be the main sticking point, with the 6’4 striker on around £60k a week. Slimani was willing to lower his demands, but Sporting, who sold the player to Leicester for £28m, refused the deal.

He has one year left on his contract and is expected to leave again on loan if an English club can be found before the October 16th deadline for domestic deals passes.

Ghezzal wants Leicester City exit

Ghezzal arrived at Leicester in the summer of 2018 from French side Monaco, but spent last season on loan at Serie A club Fiorentina after a difficult debut campaign with the Foxes.

Now the 28-year-old Algerian could depart the King Power Stadium permanently just 2 years, 1 goal and 19 Premier League appearances later.

It’s understood Ghezzal is keen to stay in Serie A with Fiorentina on a permanent basis, but Italian sports outlet TuttoMercatoWeb say the Florence club aren’t prepared to exercise the €10m option to buy clause.

Leicester aren’t averse to letting Ghezzal leave the club, and Fiorentina would like to keep him – however there will likely be some negotiating on that €10m price tag if he is to remain in Italy permanently.