Just like Jamie Vardy, Lee Chapman has shot to unexpected fame.
Chapman is, of course, Vardy’s lookalike; the postman who is hoping to launch a career off the back of his likeness to the Leicester City forward.
Coincidentally, Chapman was recognised while celebrating Leicester’s remarkable triumph and was invited on to the team’s party bus. He’s since made television appearances and could even appear on Big Brother.
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But being a doppelgänger brings with it certain responsibilities, meaning Chapman will have to copy Vardy for as long as the England forward is in the public eye.
And one change could be on the horizon if Vardy signs for Arsenal.
The 29-year-old is rumoured to be close to a move to north London, with the decision resting entirely in his hands after the Gunners triggered Vardy’s release clause.
Chapman is split
Should Vardy move to the Emirates Stadium, Chapman will have to flog his Leicester kit and purchase an Arsenal one with the striker’s name on the back.
And Chapman has admitted that the rumour has left him split between his fandom and his own personal gain.
"If Jamie moved to Arsenal it would be massive for my own personal brand and for my finances. You're going to get more recognition," he is quoted by the Mirror as telling London Evening Standard.
“We’ve already had plenty of interest from London. I’m sure if he performs at the Euros people from all over the world will want a piece of Vardy."
On the other hand, Chapman would be upset to see Vardy, who inspired Leicester to the title with 24 goals, exit.
“As a fan I’d be devastated if he left,” he added. “You don’t see what he’s achieved happen very often in football, coming from non-league and pushing us all the way to the title.
“I thought he would stay regardless. His comments in recent weeks made me more sure. But I guess when you play for England doors open for you.”
Mahrez and Kante could leave
Vardy admitted just last month that he expected Leicester’s “band of brothers” to stay together but his possible departure could pave the way for the likes of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante to follow him out of the door.
Mahrez could follow the striker to Arsenal, according to reports, while Chelsea are planning to triple Kante’s wages.
What a shame it would be if Claudio Ranieri was without his three stars for Leicester’s exciting tilt at the Champions League.
The Foxes are said to have made a counter-offer to Vardy in wake of Arsenal’s bid but a decision won’t be confirmed until the player returns from Euro 2016.
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