Chelsea are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Jamie Vardy, who is valued at £30million as they look to use wantaway forward Loic Remy as a makeweight in the deal that could land the Leicester City striker at Stamford Bridge next summer.

The French striker has been deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea thanks to the arrival of Alexandre Pato from Corinthians earlier this week. Given the fact that he has played only as little as 178 minutes in the Premier League this season, he may have to play the Winston Bogarde role should he prefer to stay in west London any longer.

Claudio Ranieri has been rumoured to have made his mind to lure the Chelsea striker to King Power Stadium before Monday’s transfer deadline, but Roman Abramovich remains cunning as he deliberates over offering the former Newcastle United marksman as a part of the deal for English top-flight’s leading goalscorer – 16 goals in 23 league games.

However, the Foxes may not risk losing their priced asset halfway into the season and should they accept any transfer offer for him, it will likely occur in the summer. Accordingly, Chelsea will sanction a loan deal for Loic Remy until the end of the season and may likely test the resolve with a player plus cash offer for Jamie Vardy.

British tabloids such as Express and Daily Star reported yesterday that Leicester have already launched a £8million bid for the out-of-favour striker, who looks to boost his chances of making the France national squad for 2016 UEFA European Championship as his homeland is hosting it. However, game minutes at Leicester is also not guaranteed with Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa already struggling for the same there, but he would rather take the risk than watch Diego Costa from the dugout week in, week out.

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