When Leicester pulled off the incredible 5000/1 feat by winning the Premier League, many instantly feared that they could lose their star players.
Both Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante were immediately linked with a move away from the club but it appears that they have committed their short-term futures to Leicester with Champions League football to looking forward to.
One star of last season that hasn’t been linked with a move away from the club is Jamie Vardy. Given that he’s 29-years-old and it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to emulate his incredible 24 league goal haul, that's hardly surprising.
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Well, that is until now.
That’s because Stuart James, a midlands football journalist for the Guardian and the Observer, has claimed that Arsenal have triggered the striker’s release clause while adding that the Foxes are determined to keep hold of him.
The claim fits in with a tweet sent out by Skybet earlier today. They said that after a few large bets, Vardy had been shortened to 8/13 to join the Gunners.
Vardy signed a new contract at the King Power stadium in February believed to be worth 80,000-per-week, lasting until 2019. Sky Sports reported at the time that the deal didn’t include a release clause despite reports stating that £30 million would be enough to sign him. It's now believed that a bid of £22 million from a Champions League club will be enough to sign him.
A new striker is exactly what Arsene Wenger’s side need. Olivier Giroud is often criticised by Gooners while Danny Welbeck has been sidelined with a long-term injury.
Despite their need for a new forward, it’s fair to say Arsenal fans aren’t too keen for the club to splash out on Vardy. Here are some of the best tweets:
And so on...
The Emirates outfit have been heavily linked with Spaniard Alvaro Morata and are expecting a big-name attacker such as Karim Benzema or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this transfer window, rather than Vardy.
Of course, just because Arsenal have triggered the release clause of Vardy it doesn’t mean he will join.
After signing his deal, Vardy appeared happy to remain at the club by saying, per the Mirror: “I do think Leicester can match my ambitions. The gaffer (Claudio Ranieri) has come in and told the owners what he wants to do and he wants to keep progressing.
“He wants to progress on what we did last year and in years to come he wants to keep us going up and up and up. It's great for the club and he is a great manager.”