Arsenal close in on signing Vardy as they meet £20 million release clause
Jamie Vardy to Arsenal talks have entered an advanced stage after the Gunners reportedly met the buyout clause of £20m for the Leicester City and England international striker. About four months ago, the 29-year-old penned a new three-and-a-half-year contract and big clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, and West Ham were said to be interested in signing him since the opening of the winter transfer window.
Vardy joined Leicester City after his £1m switch in 2012 from Fleetwood and played in the Championship and now he has managed to score 24 goals in a single Premier League season. However, Vardy has said that he wants to stay in the East Midlands.
Certainly a good amount of wage will be offered to Vardy from Arsenal as the club triggered his buyout clause reportedly on this Friday night.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the forward, saying: “Yes he is worth [up to] £30m because he is the best goal-scorer in the league. You have many players under him who have been paid much more, and who don’t score that number of goals. Without a doubt, he is worth that money today.”
Vardy’s tremendous performances have earned him Roy Hodgson’s trust and now he is the key player in the England squad in EURO 2016 France. But last night was a frustrating one for Vardy as well as Roy Hodgson, as England won 1-0 over a 10-man Portugal side which was without Cristiano Ronaldo at the Wembley on Thursday.
England coach Roy Hodgson has strictly prohibited seeking club transfers while the tournament is going on, as it will not be good for the player and the club if the player does not remain focused in the squad.
Leicester City have already made their first signing of the season by bringing former Manchester United and current Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler for £2.6m this Friday morning.
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