According to BBC Sport, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has told Arsenal that he will decide upon his club future after this summer’s European Championships. Arsenal triggered a £20M release clause attached to his contract, and the 29-year-old has reportedly been offered a deal worth around £120K-a-week.
However, with Vardy recently travelling to France to represent the England national team in this summer’s 2016 European Championship, the player’s representatives have told Arsenal that the proposed deal won’t be complete until after the tournament. England manager Roy Hodgson was public in his criticism for domestic affairs disrupting preparation for the tournament.
Jamie Vardy was named FWA Football of the Year in 2015/16 after scoring 24 goals to help Leicester City win the Premier League title against all odds. His form for the Foxes led to England call-ups, where he’s since scored three goals in eight games for the Three Lions. Transfer talk is never far away given his outstanding campaign, and Arsenal waited little time to test the waters.
However, they are now being made to wait a number of weeks until the tournament comes to a close, or should England be eliminated early. Arsenal are reportedly keen to keep the offer on the table, but are also sure to pursue other targets to check of their availability. At 29, there’s little resale value in Vardy, nor a guarantee that he can pick up where he left off for next season.
For £20M, it’s a big gamble Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is taking, but such is the plaudits bestowed onto him from many that he’s deemed worth the price at his age. Leicester are understandably keen to keep him at the King Power Stadium, and are alleged to have offered improved terms on his contract, despite signing a new deal in February this year.
Progress is now likely to be stalled until next month.