Why Islam Slimani is not a realistic target for Tottenham this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the Sporting Lisbon player.

According to a recent report from the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani and could make a summer bid for the player. But there are plenty of reasons for this suggestion to be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.

First off is the player’s price-tag, with Sporting reportedly holding out for his release clause of £23million.

While in today’s game that is not exactly a bank-breaking fee for England’s top clubs, it is still a considerable sum to pay for a player who has arguably already reached his peak. And that leads to the second big reason why Tottenham will surely be looking elsewhere.

Slimani will be 28 in June, and while he would still have a few years at the top he does not fit Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s model when it comes to new additions.

When you consider that Saido Berahino, Michy Batshuayi, Breel Embolo and Alexandre Lacazette are all considerably younger than Slimani, arguably better and potentially available for the right price this summer, Tottenham would be wise to look beyond the Algerian international.

Spurs certainly need more quality strikers as they look to challenge both domestically and – as seems likely – in the Champions League next season, but Slimani is not the answer; at least not for the price it would take to tempt Sporting’s hand.

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