When Guardian journalist Stuart James broke the news that Arsenal have triggered the release clause of Jamie Vardy, it’s fair to say that it surprised everyone.
There hadn’t been any reports linking the striker with a move away from the King Power Stadium and a move to the Gunners just doesn’t seem right.
But James broke the news by tweeting that the Gunners have bid around £20 million to secure the services of the 29-year-old and Twitter exploded.
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The majority of Gooners appeared unhappy that Arsene Wenger was going for Vardy, rather than the likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
There’s no denying how good Vardy was last season, though. His 24 league goals helped Claudio Ranieri’s men pull off the incredible 5000/1 feat by lifting the league title.
After signing a four-year deal in February worth £80,000-per-week and the prospect of Champions League football next season, a move away from the Foxes isn’t exactly a necessity.
While the major of Arsenal fans aren’t too impressed with the possible arrival of Vardy, there is one supporter that is keen for him to arrive in north London.
That man is Pier Morgan who tweeted Vardy: “Come on @vardy7 - let’s do this. #afc.”
However, Leicester fan Gary Lineker has responded with his very own message to the England international. “Stay with the champions @vardy7 don’t join the perennial also-rans.”
It’s likely that this first report is just the start of what is bound to be a long saga.
Skybet tweeted earlier today - before any reports - that after a few large bets on Vardy to join Arsenal, the odds have dropped to 8/13 for him to sign for the Emirates club.
If Vardy does leave, it could begin a domino effect with fellow stars Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante possibly following suit.
The pair were immediately linked with a move away from the champions given their incredible campaign, but it appears that they have committed their short-term futures to the club with Champions League football imminent.
However, if they see others leaving, it will likely persuade them to do the same.
It would a real shame to see the incredible side that defied all the odds being pulled apart with key players leaving for other clubs.
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