As Jamie Vardy mulls over a move to Arsenal that’s been on the table for over a week now, a second club has attempted to throw a spanner in the works of any potential transfer.
Liverpool are said to be contemplating a swoop for the England striker, who is of course currently in France with England, preparing for England’s opening game of Euro 2016 against Russia on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to improve his strike force, and as Christian Benteke is expected to leave Anfield this summer, Vardy could be in line to replace the Belgian.
However, any move from the Scousers for Vardy will cost more than the £20m Arsenal are set to pay for him, as Liverpool are not in the Champions League, so the release clause in the forward’s deal does not apply to them.
The Reds have been scouting Vardy for two seasons according to the Daily Star, and see him as the perfect fit for Klopp’s high tempo style of play.
Vardy has indicated he will make a decision about his future after the Euros, so there’s plenty of time to mull over the possibility of taking his party to Merseyside.
A source at Leicester City told The Star:
We know Vardy is seen as the perfect fit for Liverpool.
That’s because of his pace, work ethic, ability to run the channels – and goal-scoring ability.
Just when we thought we knew where Vardy was going (if anywhere), Liverpool have thrown a spanner in the works.
Whatever happens, the former Halifax striker is set to increase his £60k-a-week wages to around twice that amount, meaning he’ll finally make the kind of money the rest of the Premier League’s top strikers earn.
When you consider Charles N’Zogbia – who played a total of 41 minutes for Aston Villa last season – earns the same amount as Vardy does at Leicester, it’s easy to see how the temptation increases for the non-league hero turned Premier League winner to jump ship.
Let’s see if money talks.