Jamie Vardy, the prolific Leicester striker that played a pivotal role in his team’s title win is set to leave for Arsenal. With the release clause having been formally triggered by Arsenal, the decision to leave the King Power is Vardy’s alone.
Arsenal are luring the English star with a wage package of £130,000 a week which are informally agreed upon. The Foxes on the other hand are said to be revising their own existing offer so as to keep him with the previous one only bringing the 29-year old £90,000 a week. The Gunners are confident that the deal would be done before the Euros but there is no rush to perform the medical and formal procedures.
What some might think to be a massive obstacle in Leicester’s title defence, could actually inspire the team to come together as they have before. Having scored 24 of their 68 goals this season, his absence will be troublesome no doubt, but Ranieri’s squad have overcome odds and history lays testament to it. That being said, existing forwards like Ulloa and Okazaki, although vital, cannot quite recreate that terrific Vardy season.
The likeliest replacement would be CSKA Moscow frontman, Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian has netted 18 goals for the Russian side and has the pace and acceleration as that of Vardy. If all goes well between the clubs while finalising the deal, Musa could find himself making the King Power roar like the season before. The Foxes had previously bid around the region of £23m for Musa but had their bids rejected.
The club will look to revise that bid and try and hold on to players like Mahrez and Kanté if they are to maintain a side that can recreate at least a part of this past season’s wonders.