Arsenal get crucial update on Vardy’s transfer decision

Jamie Vardy

The battle over Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy continues and Arsenal will have to wait until after the European championship in France, according to the Telegraph.

The forward has been cut between staying at the King Power stadium and moving to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal had expected an answer from him on Monday, probably a positive one, but the 29-year-old opted to join his team-mates aboard England flight to France, postponing decisions on his future till after the tournament.

England boss Roy Hodgson has maintained his stand against transfer talks during the championship, which means we have to wait until July if we are to sign him.

Sources have indicated that the club are prepared to wait for Vardy’s decision, which might take as long as five weeks if England get to the final, although manager ­Arsène Wenger may follow other targets during the competition.

It doesn’t seem to represent a good signal. Arsene Wenger believes that the striker would have accepted Arsenal’s offer if he is really interested in moving to the Emirates Stadium.

The Premier League have tabled a counter-offer of £100,000 a week to persuade their star player to remain at the club.

Vardy Infographic

The Metro also reported that his Leicester team-mates Wes Morgan, Roberth Huth and Kasper Schmeichel have contacted him personally, trying to prevail on him to remain at the King Power stadium.

However, our hope of signing Vardy’s Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez has been boosted as the player is keen on moving to a top European club and has decided to leave the Foxes this summer, according to Goal.

The Daily Express reported that Arsenal has met with the player’s representatives and a bid of £25 million is on the cards.

Transfer expert Trancredi Palmeri claimed that there were series of meeting between Arsenal officials and the attacker’s representatives before an offer was made.

“Arsenal have bid €32m (£25m) for Mahrez. Arsenal, before bidding for Mahrez, had several meeting with the player’s entourage and the player is open for moving.” Palmeri tweeted.

Mahrez was instrumental to Leicester winning the league last season, scoring 17 goals and notching up 11 assists. He was rewarded with the individual award of the PFA Player of the Year.

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  1. Mahrez is a great player, although the impact of Vardy would be more needed. But I think it looks very bad indeed if we (even) attempt to buy Mahrez too from Leicester. The message sent to the world of football would be that not only are we not great in bringing players through the youth ranks but we are also useless in spotting talent ourselves regardless of age despite having a huge team of scouts all over the world. This would be shown by our attempt to poach two of the most effective (and one has to admit) most exciting players in EPL from a club of modest means which has captured fans’ imagination by their drive and determination in play and wisdom in their recruits. Plainly speaking it will be seen by most neutrals as ‘theft’. We may getaway with one of Vardy or Mahrez but not both. And having already gone for Vardy we should not now be trying to go for Mahrez. Otherwise, why not buy the whole Leicester team and call it Arsenal. Strong views, I know, but it has to be said!

  2. Vardy and Mahrez in Arsenal. This silence now means a lot, but we need to think logically to find out the truth. Probably Vardy has signed with Arsenal but that will be announced later in July, is waiting Mahrez to sign also with Arsenal. Can Vardy refuse Arsenal and stay in Leicester with a contract for 100,000. Hardly. All other Leicester players will call Vardy blackmailer. End of team spirit, they will receive two times less than Vardy. Who would do that if Vardi does not understand, then his wife will explain that there is no way back …

  3. ithink wenger cannot buy any striker becouse giruod is there he will remain trophyless like that for me iblame arsenal share holder he should chace wenger away he should bring another coach