Signing Jamie Vardy was never going to be simple for Arsenal, was it?
There was once a time when the club’s name was enough to lure any player they desired, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
After triggering Vardy’s £20 million release clause last week, the Gunners were widely expected to secure the 29-year-old on a reported four-year deal worth £100,000-per-week.
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Further suggestions were that he would decide his future before boarding the plane to Euro 2016 with England, but that wasn’t the case either.
Each and every football fan has waited in anticipation for an update ever since - and now there’s been one.
It’s not good news for Arsenal, though. According to the Mirror, Vardy's representatives have told the club he will make a decision after this summer’s European Championships.
That's what Vardy told England manager Roy Hodgson too, alongside reassuring him that his sole focus will be on the Three Lions.
Hodgson was reportedly concerned that Vardy’s head would be elsewhere, but the striker has informed him otherwise.
What’s clear is Arsene Wenger now has a decision make. Depending on how far England progress, Euro 2016’s final fixture is on July 10, suggesting he could have to wait a whole month before learning Vardy’s verdict.
That might just be too long for Arsenal, whose dire need for attacking reinforcements is well documented.
By waiting for Vardy, Wenger risks not only wasting his time, but also missing out on a number of other transfer targets.
The Frenchman could decide that the Leicester City striker, 29, isn’t worth the wait considering Alvaro Morata is also a possibility.
Arsenal fans: Should Arsene Wenger wait for Jamie Vardy? Have your say in the comments section below.