Sunday 5 June 2016

24-goals hitman set for Arsenal medicals - report

According to FootballInsider, Jamie Vardy is set to undergo an Arsenal medical on Sunday after telling Leicester he wants to depart from the team.

As per reports Metro, the North London club has triggered the 29-year-old release clause ahead of a possible move in the summer transfer window.

In addition, the Gunners have met Vardy’s £22million release clause in the striker’s Leicester contract and are set to hand him a four-year, £120,000-a-week contract.

Vardy, 29, scored 24-goals in 36 appearances for the Foxes last season as Claudio Ranieri’s side surprisingly won the Premier League, ten points clear ahead of Arsenal.

Vardy is keen to move to Emirates Stadium and complete the transfer before England fly to France on Monday for their Euro 2016 campaign.

It will be an extraordinarily tight turnaround for both the player and the Emirates outfits but all parties are now confident the paperwork can be finalised by Monday at the latest.

Arsene Wenger has made his move after learning that Vardy has a release clause in the £70,000-a-week contract he signed in February.

The agreement is understood to state that the release clause must be triggered by a specific date, which is understood to be 3 June.

The final decision rested with the England striker, 29, who had to weigh up whether to accept what could be the only chance of his career to move to a Premier League heavyweight.

It is understood that, Vardy has given the green light to make a superb transfer to the north Londoners, who finished one place below Leicester in the recently completed domestic season.

The north Londoners are trying to swiftly tie up the deal, mindful of the fact that England manager Roy Hodgson does not want players in his squad involved in transfer talks after they depart to France on Monday for European Championships, 2016.

The England international is set to become only the fourth £20million-plus signing in Gunner’s history following Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, who joined the Gunners from Borussia Mochengladbach for £34million last month.

The Frenchman is keen to strengthen an attack that will be deprived of Danny Welbeck for most of next season and with considerable doubts over whether Theo Walcott will be at the club beyond the summer.

Despite the fact that Vardy has a close relationship with Leicester’s Thai owners as well as manager Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes has now given up hope of holding on to him.

He signed an improved three-and-a-half-year contract in February but the release clause placed on him makes them powerless to hold on to him.

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