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.

Torreira tipped for Arsenal exit as Magalhaes completes Gunners move

A move for the Brazilian has been in the pipeline for weeks now, with the Gunners fending off interest from fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Manchester United to secure Gabriel’s signature.

The 22-year-old has penned a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium that will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2025.

It’s a £25m switch from Ligue 1 side Lille which has been largely thanks to Arsenal’s Sporting Director, Edu.

The former Gunners midfielder was able to convince his fellow countryman that the Emirates is the place to be for a fresh challenge, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta will no doubt want to further strengthen his squad in order to secure a Champions League finish next season – but of course bringing in new signings means there needs to be some outgoings.

One of those players tipped to depart the club is midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguay international has been nursing a fractured ankle in recent months after picking up the injury shortly before lockdown in an FA Cup tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Sky Sports in Italy are reporting that Fiorentina are ‘desperate’ to bring Torreira back to Serie A, and have submitted an offer to Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has three years left on his contract at the Emirates, and it’s understood the Gunners are yet to respond to Fiorentina’s bid.

West Ham United tracking Sporting wide man Jovane Cabral

Portuguese news outlet A Bola say that the Hammers are keen on signing the 22-year-old, who has impressed this season for Sporting.

The report claims that West Ham have already touched base with certain representatives over Cabral’s capture, with manager David Moyes no doubt looking to strengthen his side after narrowly avoiding Premier League relegation this season.

It’s believed Sporting are willing to let Cabral go for around €20m, which remains affordable for West Ham despite concerns over coronavirus-impacted finances.

Manchester City to sell Pedro Porro

The defender – who hasn’t played a single game for City’s first team – arrived at the Etihad from Spanish side Girona last summer for €12m.

After spending the 2019/20 season on loan in La Liga at Real Valladolid, it now appears that the 20-year-old could be on his way out of Manchester City permanently if Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon activate his €8.5m release clause.

According to Portuguese outlet Record, City and Sporting enjoy a healthy relationship and the two sides have reached a ‘total agreement’ for the player on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy, despite him not having played a single competitive match for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Aston Villa sack Sporting Director over poor player recruitment

Just a day after Villa had secured Premier League survival by virtue of a 1-1 draw with West Ham, the club moved to dismiss Pitarch, who oversaw £140m of spending on players last summer.

It’s understood that the powers that be at Aston Villa are unhappy with the player recruitment this season, but are happy with manager Dean Smith – reports claim that he would have stayed at Villa Park regardless of whether the club were relegated to the Championship.

Smith is allegedly responsible for the capture of Tom Heaton and Tyrone Mings, but several underperforming signings such as Wesley, Marvelous Nakamba and Mbwana Samatta were all on the Sporting Director’s watch.

Whoever the club bring in to replace the outgoing Jesus Gracia Pitarch will have a job on their hands, with their first task the unenviable challenge of keeping hold of star player and talisman Jack Grealish.