Reports in Portugal are suggesting that Crystal Palace are considering triggering the €30 million release clause for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani in the coming days.
Alan Pardew’s search for a new striker has been well documented in the first few days of the transfer window, but following a rejected bid of £15 million, it now looks as though we may simply push our efforts up a notch by meeting the release clause that currently exists in the Algerian’s contract in Lisbon.
Slimani has been in stunning form this season, bagging 12 goals in just 15 games so far, alerting many across Europe to his presence, but as of yet, no one has been keen enough to release the frontman from his current deal.
Pardew has made no secret of his interest in Slimani, having referenced him as a player he likes when we played Sporting in a friendly during last summer’s pre-season campaign. Of course, in instances like this, money is the only thing that truly matters, but with a new TV deal in the offing for Premier League clubs, the Portugese outfit are no doubt desperate to squeeze every penny they can out of us if they are to forced into letting their star striker go.
Should Palace meet the referenced release clause, we’ll be the first to let you know.