Arsenal trigger Leicester striker Jamie Vardy’s £20m release clause as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster strikeforce
- Arsene Wenger has made a move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy
- Arsenal are ready to considerably increase his £80,000-a-week contract
- If deal is agreed he can undertake medical in France before Euro 2016
- Roy Hodgson does not want players discussing during the Euros
Arsenal have made a shock move to take England striker Jamie Vardy to the Emirates after triggering his £20million release clause.
Arsene Wenger has sanctioned a swoop for the Leicester City forward after several top-flight clubs were sounded out by the player’s representatives.
The Premier League champions will fight to keep their 24-goal forward, but are powerless to stop him moving to another Champions League club if they meet the agreed fee.
Arsenal are in talks to land Jamie Vardy after triggering his £20m release clause at Leicester
The Leicester striker is currently on international duty with England ahead of Euro 2016
The 29-year-old played in all England’s warm-up matches and scored the second goal against Turkey
Arsenal would be ready to give him a considerable increase on his current £80,000-a-week contract.
Wenger attended England’s win against Portugal on Thursday night when Vardy started up front for Roy Hodgson’s side.
VARDY CAREER RECORD
2010-11: Halifax Town (41 games, 29 goals)
2011-12: Fleetwood (42 games, 34 goals)
2012-16: Leicester (144 games, 50 goals)
England: 8 caps, 3 goals
Arsenal are in a race to complete the deal by the end of this weekend as England boss Hodgson does not want players discussing moves or undergoing medicals during Euro 2016.
The England squad meet on Monday before flying to France.
Vardy scored 24 goals leading the line in Leicester’s remarkable Premier League triumph last season
The striker also broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring in 11 consecutive league matches
SPORTSMAIL BROKE THE NEWS
Laurie Whitwell, May 23: ‘Leicester striker Jamie Vardy available to Champions League clubs for £20m’
Vardy is happy at Leicester but will be 30 in January and knows this could be his only chance to join an elite club.
Sportsmail can reveal Arsenal were contacted last month and it is understood he wants a four-year deal in excess of £100,000 a week.
Given Vardy’s age and the size of the fee, a transfer was considered with caution as there is unlikely to be any sell-on value, but Wenger has decided to make his move.
Leicester are exploring offering Vardy a new deal or buying out the release clause.
The England star scored a spectacular long-range goal in the 2-0 win over Liverpool in February
Wenger attended England’s win against Portugal on Thursday night when Vardy started up front
Source: Daily Mail