Report: Arsenal, Liverpool fail with £20m bids for Islam Slimani, must pay £24m release clause

Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Braga.

Arsenal and Liverpool have reportedly failed with bids for Sporting CP star Islam Slimani.

Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Braga.Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Braga

According to today's print edition of Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Arsenal and Liverpool have failed in bids for Sporting striker Islam Slimani.

Both Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp will be keen on attacking reinforcements this summer, and it seems that they have the same transfer target in mind.

Picture Supplied by Action Images

Major Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reported in their print edition today that Arsenal and Liverpool both submitted €25.3m (£20m) bids to sign Sporting CP star Islam Slimani.

However, Sporting rejected both offers for their prized asset, with the Portuguese club unsurprisingly reluctant to let the Algerian international leave the club.

Picture Supplied by Action Images

Slimani, 27, hit 30 goals in all competitions last season, making a real name for himself in Portugal and the rest of Europe, whilst also scoring three goals in two games for Algeria.

Now, Premier League clubs are circling the striker, with his work rate and aerial ability attracting major interest from both Wenger and Klopp as they bid to land a goalscorer.

Sporting's Islam Slimani controls the ball against Moreirense.

Though Sporting rejected the bids, it's claimed that the £20m offers are close to Slimani's €30m (£24m) release clause, and the two Premier League giants may have to meet that value to sign the striker this summer.

Whether the two clubs will return with more bids remains to be seen, but with just £4m between the rejected bid and the release clause, we'll now see just how interested Wenger and Klopp really are.

Would you like to see Arsenal or Liverpool sign Slimani?

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch