Leicester City striker Islam Slimani signs for Lyon on a free transfer filling the gap left by forward Moussa Dembele as he joined La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on loan, with an option to buy, as announced on Wednesday.
A statement from the club read;
“Leicester City can confirm that striker Islam Slimani has signed a permanent deal with Ligue 1 side Lyon, subject to international clearance.”
Prior to his move, the 32-year-old took loan spells with Newcastle United, Fenerbahce, and AS Monaco, netting nine goals for the latter in France’s top-flight in 2019/20.
Dembele joining Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the season with the Spanish club having an option to make the move permanent for £29.8m.
“This loan, in the amount of 1.5 million euros is accompanied by a purchase option set at 33.5 million euros to which may be added incentives up to 5 million euros, as well as a sell-on fee of 10% on a possible future transfer,” Lyon said in a statement
The 24-year-old French striker has scored 45 goals in 108 games for Lyon since arriving from Celtic for £19.7m in August 2018.
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Slimani joins Lyon looking optimistic with an 18-month contract. The Algeria international’s deal at Leicester was due to end this season.
“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon,” Slimani said.
“I’ve joined a team that’s top of the league, playing well and scoring goals. I want to help the club achieve its objectives.”