Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to sign Jamie Vardy

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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 given their incredible campaign but it appears that they have committed their short-term futures to Leicester with Champions League football imminent.

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.

Well, that is until now.

On Friday evening, the internet was awash with reports suggesting that Arsenal have triggered Vardy’s release clause.

However, the Gunners aren’t the only Premier League club linked to the forward.

That’s because Sky Sports are claiming that Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Vardy because Jose Mourinho insisted that he only wants to sign one striker this summer.

Under Louis van Gaal, United could only manage 49 goals in the Premier League with them having to rely on 18-year-old Marcus Rashford towards the end of the campaign.

Due to the emergence of Rashford, the report claims that the Portuguese manager only wants to bring in one striker to give the talented forward the chance to fulfil his incredible potential.

That one striker could well be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede’s contract expires at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and he’s been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and a reunion with Mourinho.

The pair spent one year at Inter Milan winning Serie A and have a great relationship.

With Mourinho turning down the chance to sign Vardy, it’s left the door open for Arsenal.

The Guardian report that they have activated his release clause but it’s unknown whether he will be willing to leave the Foxes after his goals saw them win the title and earn Champions League football.

Vardy signed a new £80,000-per-week contract at the King Power Stadium in February and after they won the title, he said: "I just won the Premier League and now I'm in the Champions League. I'm happy here."

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