Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jamie Vardy will turn down interest from the Gunners to stay with champions Leicester City.
The England forward, who scored the equaliser in England’s 2-1 Euro 2016 victory over Wales, had his £20 million release clause activated earlier in the month.
However, the 29-year-old may instead opt to stay with Claudio Ranieri’s men, which may mean Watford forward Troy Deeney stays at the Hornets after all.
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Here are three strikers that Wenger should pursue if Vardy is indeed still at the King Power Stadium next season.
Just a year ago Carlos Bacca was being linked with a move to Chelsea, but the Colombian instead opted to join AC Milan, who endured another season to forget.
However, Bacca himself can hold his head up high after scoring 20 goals in 42 appearances during his maiden campaign at the San Siro.
Such brilliant form coupled with Milan’s continuous slump led to a bid from West Ham United earlier this month, with the Hammers keen to land a marquee name ahead of their first season at the Olympic Stadium.
But Milan held firm and Bacca, who helped Sevilla win the Europa League in 2014 and 2015, will stay with the Serie A side unless another club comes in for him.
The 29-year-old is the same age as Vardy and would bring ruthlessness to Arsenal’s often inconsistent frontline.
Signing a player who has spent the majority of his short career so far in the Championship would no doubt irk Arsenal supporters.
Yet Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is one of football’s rising stars, and it appears unlikely that he will be at Craven Cottage when the transfer window closes in three months’ time.
The Londoners finished 20th in just their second season away from the Premier League, but Dembele was their only shining light having netted 17 goals in his third season at the club.
He has since been linked with a move to just about every big club, with Manchester United regularly linked with him during Louis van Gaal’s time at the club.
However, Arsenal could pip their rivals to him by snapping him up this year.
For years, the thought of Wenger splashing big money on one player was a laughable concept.
But the captures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil from Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years has proven that even the Frenchman is capable of spending big when the mood suits him.
Alvaro Morata has enjoyed two fine years at Juventus and is currently driving Spain’s bid to retain the Euros they won four years previously in Ukraine.
He is one of Europe’s most-wanted players with former club Real Madrid also eying a reunion.
Morata is unlikely to come cheap but he has the potential to be Arsenal’s main striker for many years to come.
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