Boss confirms move as Arsenal close-in on £120k-a-week signing

By on June 4, 2016

According to reports in Italy, Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Arsenal have triggered Jamie Vardy’s release clause and are in talks to finalise a deal to sign the striker.

It all kicked off on Friday afternoon when SkyBet slashed their odds on Vardy joining Arsenal after receiving a flurry of large bets on the England international making the move to North London this summer.

The Mirror were then one of several major news outlets reporting on Friday evening that we’d triggered Vardy’s release clause – believed to be worth around £20m – and are in talks to get the deal wrapped-up before the start of Euro 2016.

The newspaper claims that the strikers agent made contact with Arsenal last month and made it clear he wanted a four-year deal worth £120,000-a-week, which would be double what he’s currently on at Leicester.

Fans have understandably been giving mixed reactions to the news on Twitter with some believing Vardy’s agent is leaking fake news to try and get the striker a better deal at the King Power.

However, it looks like all the reports are in fact true as Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has been quoted in Italian outlet Sportevai as confirming our approach for the 29-year-old.

“Yeah, it’s all true: Arsenal made ​​an offer for Jamie.” Ranieri is quoted as saying

So, it appears Arsenal are now closing in on our second summer signing and the deal could even be finalised by the end of the weekend as Roy Hodgson doesn’t want his players taking medicals or discussing moves during their Euro 2016 preparations – which begin in France on Monday.

I must say this one is a real surprise and it’s a complete change in tact from Arsene Wenger. Who’d have thought the boss would sign a 29-year-old English striker for £20m?

I don’t really know what to make of it all to be honest. I’ve never liked Vardy as a person and there is the concern that he’s a one-season wonder. Sure, he scored 24 goals last year but in a system that is set-up perfectly to his strengths as Leicester play on the counter-attack which utlisies his pace.

We play the exact opposite. Vardy won’t have acres of space to run in to. Most teams sit back with 10 men behind the ball against us, so I’m not convinced Vardy is the right player for us….unless Wenger is looking to completely change our style of play.

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However, if we look at the positive side of things. We’ll be buying a striker who scored 24 goals last season and a player who has searing pace, which is what we’ve been crying out for. The hope is Vardy can adapt to our system and we can still get the best out of him.

Who knows, let’s just see what happens, but either way it looks like Wenger isn’t messing about this summer….which can only be a good thing.


  1. jordangooner

    June 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I completely agree with your analysis and your tactical concerns.Also the reporting about Vardy on Sky Sports is very negative on Arsenal. Sky sports are more like the Manure club channel. Sky sports are emphasising Manure passed on signing Vardy to concentrate on Ibrahimović. According to the media if the Champions league participation is correct in the clause in his contract, inorder to bid. Then Manure cannot bid anyway. Why can’t Sky Sports tell the truth rather than promote Manure! Even Lineker at the BBC is showing media bias by urging Vardy not to sign for Arsenal as the perennial “also rans’ .The media are real vermin against Arsenal!!

  2. joe71

    June 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Jordangooner you are absolutely right. If my memory serves me right, did Lineker the hypocrite not leave Leicester for a “bigger” club in the ’80s? who is not an also ran? every body else barring Leicester finished behind Arsenal in the premier league: that includes the big money bags Chelsea, city and United; it also includes linekar’s beloved Spurs. I will never forget watching on match of the day (a couple of seasons ago) the filthy impression of Wenger Linekar did, he looked like a wild beast on the show, demonstrating his absolute hatred for all things Arsenal. I am sure the BBC bigwigs called him to order and played back the footage to show him how much of a wally he is, because he never tried that caper again.

    Anyway, the point I want to make is that Vardy hopefully if he comes will be a good signing. Wenger is probably looking at the goal scoring chances created by Ozil, the most in Europe) which Mr You know who (blaming every-body-else-including-Ozil)passed up. Vardy will not miss half those chances. The downside is that Arsenal are not the best team for English players at the minute as their careers are being crucified by injuries.

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