It looked as though Jamie Vardy would be an Arsenal player before the Euro 2016 Championships kicked off this summer, but the 29-year-old is apparently yet to decide whether he wants to make the switch to north London, as reported by the BBC.
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While there were rumours floating around for a while, the reports linking us with Vardy didn’t seem concrete until recently. This past weekend things really stepped up though, and it seemed a £20m deal was on the verge of completion.
The BBC’s report suggests a £120,000 per week deal is on the table for Vardy, which would make him one of the highest paid players at Arsenal. This would be a massive increase on the £60,000 he’s currently receiving at Leicester (via the BBC), although the Foxes have tabled a counter-offer of their own. Vardy has apparently been offered £90,000 per week to stay at Leicester (via the Express), which is now causing him to pause and evaluate his options.
Although this is obviously little more than speculation, the ‘umming and erring‘ from the 24-goal striker could simply be to spare the feelings of the Leicester fans. After being such a massive figure for Leicester during their historic title winning season, Vardy won’t want to go down in the books as a money hungry mercenary who dumped Leicester as soon as a better offer came along.
The fact is though, a switch to Arsenal would be hard to turn down. Leicester were fantastic this past season as they marched to their first ever Premier League title, but they’re very unlikely to achieve even close to that next season. Even if they do manage to keep hold of all their key players they’ll still have the added burden of European competition, and the rest of the teams in the English top flight will no doubt be more like their old selves too.
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A switch to Arsenal by no means guarantees Vardy more titles, but you have to imagine he has a better chance of challenging for the highest honours with us. The extra money is obviously a boost too, but in terms of Vardy’s career trajectory he’d unquestionably be better served moving to Arsenal.
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It’s unclear whether the move is going to go through yet, but what is clear is that we need a striker ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.