Report: Southampton's Cedric Soares and Leicester's Islam Slimani could make Lisbon returns

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Everton FC at St Mary's Stadium on January 19, 2019 in...

Southampton and Leicester City have reportedly made Cedric Soares and Islam Slimani available with Primeira Liga giants Sporting Lisbon interested.

Sporting's Algerian forward Islam Slimani (R) celebrates with his teammate Sporting's defender Cedric Soares (L) after scoring during the Portuguese league football match Sporting vs...

Cedric Soares and Islam Slimani could return to Sporting Lisbon this summer from Southampton and Leicester City respectively, according to A Bola.

Both players made their name at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, paving the way for moves to the Premier League in the space of just 12 months of each other.


Southampton signed right-back Cedric for a bargain £3.6 million, according to the Guardian, while the BBC reports that Leicester paid a club record £29 million to bring Slimani to the King Power Stadium.

And a return could now be on the cards for Cedric and Slimani. A Bola claims that Sporting president Federico Varandas is eyeing an ambitious double-deal that would see the Portuguese and Algerian internationals play in the green and white stripes again.

Cedric Soares of FC Internazionale in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and SK Rapid Wien at San Siro on February 21, 2019 in...

Cedric has just a year left on his contract at Southampton, who have made him available for transfer after the defender failed to impress during a loan spell at Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Slimani, meanwhile, has never looked suited to English football. The veteran target man has spent the 2018/19 campaign at Fenerbahce, scoring once in 15 Super Lig games.

And A Bola adds that he is willing to lower his wage demands to seal a return to Lisbon.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City during the pre-season match between Notts County and Leicester City at Meadow Lane on July 21, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

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