If we had told you 12 months ago that Arsenal were interested in signing a Leicester player you’d have told us we were liars.
If we had told you that a Leicester player wanted to remain at Leicester despite being offered a contract worth more than £100,000-per-week at the Emirates, you probably wouldn’t have ever visited our site again.
But that exact scenario has occurred and we’re not lying one little bit.
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Yes, as you know by now, Jamie Vardy looks set to stay at the King Power Stadium despite Arsenal triggering his £20 million release clause.
While it’s clear that Vardy is keen to see out the remainder of his career at the champions, what next for Arsenal?
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The club’s Premier League drought extended to 12 years and it’s obvious that Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a striker this summer.
Olivier Giroud was the top goalscorer for the north Londoners but the Frenchman still fails to convince many Gooners.
So if Vardy isn’t arriving at the Emirates, which striker is next on their transfer shortlist?
Well, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola that man is Islam Slimani.
If Arsenal fans thought they were getting a prolific striker in the form of Vardy, then they will be delighted to see Slimani’s goalscoring record. The 28-year-old Algerian notched 27 goals in 33 league matches for Sporting last season as they were narrowly pipped to the title by Benfica.
The report states that Arsenal have been tracking Slimani for a while and could have tempted to activate the £25 million release clause.
You can understand Vardy wanting to remain at the Premier League champions where he is now considered a legend, but surely Arsenal can convince Slimani to join if they do opt to trigger his release clause.
While it’s unknown if Arsenal will go for Slimani, one thing is clear, Wenger is desperate to sign a striker in the coming months.
Alvaro Morata is one player that has been heavily linked with the club and the Spaniard has confirmed he will leave Juventus for Real Madrid. However, the European Champions could decide to sell Morata on for profit with Arsenal and Chelsea both reportedly keen to secure his services.
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