The longer it goes on, the more likely it seems Jamie Vardy is going to reject Arsenal and stay at Leicester City.
That appears to be the opinion of former Arsenal star Ray Parlour, who claims the England striker has performed something of a "U-turn" in the last few days.
Arsene Wenger was hoping to wrap up a deal for Vardy before he flew to France with the Three Lions on Monday. The Frenchman had privately requested that the 29-year-old make his mind up before then but the plane left English soil and Wenger's phone stayed silent.
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It later transpired that Vardy had chosen to take a bit longer to decide his future. Arsenal's offer of £120,000-a-week represented a significant pay rise for the 24-goal striker but Leicester's counter offer of £100,000-a-week coupled with his attachment to the Foxes has left him in the middle of a dilemma.
Some reports would have us believe that Vardy will not decide until after England's involvement in Euro 2016 is over while other publications say he is already 80% sure that he is staying at the King Power Stadium.
And now Parlour has revealed that he too believes the deal is much closer to collapse than to completion. Interestingly, the former midfielder also revealed that he was at Arsenal's London Colney training complex on Sunday and was sure he saw the medical staff preparing for the arrival of an unseen character.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “It looks like it isn’t happening now.
“I was at the Arsenal the other day and there were big reports flying around, and the club’s cameramen and digital staff had to get down to the training ground. So it looked like it was going to happen - there was a medical being done.
“But it seems Vardy thought about it while on England duty, and suddenly there was a U-turn.”
Leaning towards Leicester
The Evening Standard published a story on Thursday saying that Vardy had told his England team-mates, of which Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is included, that he is leaning towards staying in Leicester.
Vardy, who joined the club from Fleetwood Town in 2012, has a deep affinity with the club and feels like he owes it to Claudio Ranieri to stay. Having won the title, Leicester will compete in the Champions League next season and Vardy feels obliged to stick it out with his team-mates.
To add to that, he fears that leaving will spark a rush for the exits with Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante also tipped to leave in the current transfer window.