Already confirmed by its sports director Juninho this weekend, Olympique Lyonnais formalized the arrival of Algerian international Islam Slimani in Lyon, this Wednesday evening by way of a press release, to compensate for the departure of Moussa Dembélé, via a paying loan at Atlético de Madrid with a purchase option set at € 33.5 million (to which may be added incentives for a maximum amount of € 5 million, as well as a 10% incentive on the capital gain of a possible future transfer).
Aged 32, Islam Slimani therefore disembarks between Rhône and Saône for a period of 18 months, ie until June 30, 2022. Arrived free from the English club Leicester, the center forward has a solid career, with more of 380 professional matches to his credit, including 69 under the colors of the Algerian national team (30 goals) with which he won the African Cup of Nations in 2019 alongside another Lyonnais, Djamel Benlamri.
Loaned last season to AS Monaco where he was elected 2nd best African player in Ligue 1 (in 18 games he had scored 9 goals and managed 7 assists, associated with Wissam Ben Yedder), the Algerian Ballon d’Or in 2013 also went through the Portuguese (Sporting), English (Leicester, Newcastle) and Turkish (Fenerbahçe) championship, winning several trophies including the Portuguese Cup and SuperCup in 2015.
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