Jamie Vardy has apparently opted to delay his decision on whether or not to join Arsenal until after the Euro 2016 Championships, with the Leicester City striker preferring to concentrate on England rather than getting wrapped up with transfer speculation, as reported by The Guardian.
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This means we’ll be waiting at least until July 10th – the end of the competition – to find out what the conclusion of this transfer story will be. This could of course change if England get eliminated early, as if Vardy is sent back home before the end of the tournament than talks could get back underway.
As the report states, we’ve already activated his £20m release clause. This means that the ball is now entirely in Vardy’s court, with Leicester no longer having any real say in whether he stays or goes. The Foxes have apparently made a pretty decent counter offer to try and tempt the England international into staying, but they haven’t been able to match our financial package.
Roy Hodgson obviously wasn’t happy with the transfer story emerging so close to the start of his Euro campaign, and wanted to make sure Vardy was fully focused on the competition. The 24-goal striker has clearly granted his wish, putting discussions off until the conclusion of the tournament.
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News of Vardy’s potential arrival at the Emirates was met with mixed responses from Arsenal fans, with many loving the idea of one of the key players in Leicesters title winning side making the switch to north London, while some felt he wasn’t the best fit. A striker is obviously top of our transfer list though, and if Vardy is the player Wenger feels we need then it seems likely that he’ll be joining us after the Euros.