Manchester United begin talks to sign Islam Slimani as striker demands transfer

Islam Slimani is reportedly keen to join Manchester United (Getty Images)

Manchester United have held talks with Islam Slimani’s representatives and the striker is keen to return to the Premier League, according to reports in France.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new striker to cope with the absence of Marcus Rashford, who is set to be sidelined for at least two months with a back injury.

United had explored the possibility of signing Edinson Cavani but the Paris Saint-Germain striker favours a move to Atletico Madrid.

Slimani would represent a cheaper option for United as he is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

Slimani was signed by Leicester City for £28 million (AMA/Getty Images)

According to RMC Sport, United have been in contact with Slimani’s camp to register their interest and discuss a potential move before the end of the January transfer window.

France Football reports that Slimani has made it clear that he wants to leave Monaco as he feels he will not be given many chances under new coach Roberto Moreno.

According to MailOnline, United are ‘eager’ to sign Slimani and have been told that to sign him on loan for the remainder of the campaign would cost them £4 million.

The 31-year-old, who was by Leicester for £28m, has scored seven goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season. The Algeria international has also registered seven assists.


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