According to Standard Sport, earlier this month.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he expects Leicester striker Jamie Vardy to stay at the King Power Stadium.
Last weekend, Arsenal triggered a £20million release clause in the Premier League champions contract and reportedly agreed a three-year, £120,000-a-week deal verbally that could be extended further by 12 months.
Arsenal is still awaiting formal confirmation from the England striker as to whether he will remain with the foxes. It’s believed that Arsenal are set to give Vardy time to make his decision and their pursuit looks increasingly unlikely, with the striker having told his international team-mates he is “80 per cent” likely to reject a move to Arsenal.
Wenger, who is yet to publically make a statement on his side’s interest in Vardy, in an interview with Japanese TV over the weekend confirmed that the Gunners were not expecting Vardy to take up the option to move to the North London club..
“Jamie Vardy, at the moment, is at Leicester,” he said. “On what I know he will stay at Leicester.”
Should Vardy reject the Gunners offer, Arsene Wenger will need to switch attention to other potential signings, and he may consider entering the race for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, also a target for Manchester United and Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger is currently in France, where he works as a football pundit for French television, and has previously spoken of how he finds being at an international tournament to be the most effective way to conduct transfer business.
With Wengers recent comment, it’s looking like another typical transfer window for Arsenal, where they will end up not buying any good striker.
However, according to the TIMES, Arsenal have not given up on signing Jamie Vardy and are yet to withdraw their interest in the player. And thinking of it, Wenger also said he doesn’t know who Santi Cazorla was, 48 hours before the Spaniard completed his Arsenal move.