News from several media outlets this evening notably The Guardian is that we have actually gone and trigger Jamie Vardy’s release clause ahead of a possible move in the summer transfer window.
Vardy, currently on national team duty with England scored 24 goals in 36 games last season to give Claudio Ranieri’s side an unbelievable Premier League win.
Guardian writer Stuart James, who specialises in Midlands football, suggests that the Gunners have met Vardy’s £22million release clause at the King Power Stadium.
Understand that Arsenal have triggered the release clause in Jamie Vardy’s contract. Leicester still determined to keep hold of him.
— Stuart James (@StuartJamesGNM) June 3, 2016
BBC Sports David Ornstein, a reliable source on anything Arsenal also confirmed the story moments later.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) 3 June 2016
Immediately the news broke, the odds on the England forward signing for the north London club were shortened to 8/13.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to bring attacking reinforcements to the Emirates after a frustrating season for the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
How Vardy would cope in a team like Arsenal, who almost always dominate control of the ball no matter who they face remained to be seen as he thrived on Leicester’s counter-attacking style, particularly in the first half of the season.
Jamie Vardystriker broke a Premier League record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy when he scored an 11th consecutive Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on November 28, 2015.
The striker’s release clause is said to be around £22 million pounds excluding bonuses and add ons.
As an Arsenal fan, I don’t know whether to be happy or sad. Vardy no doubt will be a good signing for Arsenal but is he really what we need? Why not spend big on the likes of Aubameyang who is younger and have Champions League experience?
All said, let’s keep our fingers crossed and watch as events unfold.