OGC Nice is on a mission to find an additional striker at the end of the transfer window. The Aiglons think of Ben Brereton Diaz or even Edinson Cavani. If the latter cannot come, Nice could then consider the case of Islam Slimani.
With an increasingly contested Ligue 1 championship and the Europa League Conference on weekdays, Nice must have the strongest and strongest possible squad. And, clearly, the leaders of the Riviera doubt their offensive weapons. If Andy Delort and Amine Gouiri are unanimous, this is not the case for their partners like Calvin Stengs or Alexis Claude-Maurice. The Aiglons are pushing hard at the end of the summer to improve their offensive sector and recruit one or more major players. This takes into account the positions of winger but also of center forward with names like Nicolas Pépé, Marcus Thuram, Edinson Cavani or Ben Brereton Diaz.
Slimani targeted, Favre still to approve
The latter, playing at Blackburn in the Championship, is the hottest track in Nice. They offered 12 million euros to the English team who refused, believing that their player deserved more. Nice is not abandoning this track but is considering a replacement option. This one has a well-known name in Ligue 1, Islam Slimani. The Algerian, who passed through Monaco and OL until last January, is no longer part of Ruben Amorim’s plans at Sporting Portugal.
🚨Info: Islam Slimani 🇩🇿 is an end-of-transfer option for Nice 🔴⚫️
■ File validated by Moody 🏴 and Brailsford 🏴, not (yet) Favre 🇨🇭
■ First offer refused by Blackburn for Brereton Diaz 🇨🇱 which also interests Bournemouth and Evertonhttps://t.co/ZAmCzhr9XF
— Santi Aouna (@Santi_J_FM) August 17, 2022
This is indicated by Foot Mercato, stating that this transfer would be at a lower cost since the Portuguese club is ready to release him from his contract. The leaders of Nice have validated this track, whether it is Ian Moody the official adviser or Dave Brailsford, INEOS Director of Sport. Only one man remains to be convinced, Lucien Favre. The Swiss coach didn’t give the green light to the transfer, possibly having reservations about Slimani. The Algerian international has scored four times since returning to Portugal but has only played nine games in nine months.