Arsenal make release-clause bid for star Premier League striker – report
Arsenal have made a sizeable bid for Jamie Vardy which has triggered the Leicester City star's release clause, according to a report.
Leicester City talisman Jamie Vardy could be on the move this summer.
Arsenal have made a release-clause-triggering bid for the 29-year-old striker, according to the Guardian.
Stuart James, a Guardian and Observer football writer, was the first to break the news:
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
According to the publication's deputy sport editor, the England striker's release clause is in the region of £22million:
Jamie Vardy's release clause is around £22m. Surprising move from Arsenal #AFC— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 3, 2016
Vardy, who scored 24 goals in Leicester's fairytale title-winning campaign, is currently with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016.
It would certainly be an interesting move, considering that Leicester's gameplan involved an incredibly low amount of possession per game for a league-winning team.
Arsenal, on the other hand, almost always dominate control of the ball no matter who they face.
Vardy thrived on Leicester's counter-attacking style, particularly in the first half of the season, so playing in a possession-based team would be a completely different challenge for the striker.
The striker broke a Premier League record when he scored an 11th consecutive Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on November 28, 2015.
Claudio Ranieri will naturally be keen to retain his main goalscoring threat as Leicester aim to defend their title in the 2016/17 season.