The Premier League champion has all but agreed his move to Arsenal as the club pencil in a medical before he travels to Euro 2016 with the England squad on Monday. Arsenal are hoping to seal the signing of Jamie Vardy within the next two days, as per several reports. The 29-year-old will travel to France with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016 on Monday and Gunners officials are desperate to complete the deal before the tournament gets underway after activating his £20 million release clause. Vardy scored 24 goals last season as Leicester City won their first ever Premier League title, finishing 10 points above the second-placed Gunners.
After rising from non-league to top flight football, Vardy was named Football Writers’ Player of the Year after his scintillating performances in attack for the Foxes which included goals against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Arsenal’s bid for Vardy, telling Gazzetta dello Sport that “it’s all true” when asked about the Gunners’ interest in the forward. Vardy is represented by the same management company as Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Gedion Zelalem, along with youth team prospects Jay Beckford and Daniel Crowley. Apparently it seems that Vardy’s England team-mate Jack Wilshere has played a huge part in persuading his compatriot to join him at Emirates Stadium and that a medical has been pencilled in for Sunday afternoon at the club’s London Colney training ground. Vardy, 29, wants a four year deal worth around £120,000-a-week which is double his current Leicester contract. But it is understood Arsene Wenger has given the go-ahead and Arsenal are looking to move quickly to stop any other clubs coming in.
Leicester are desperate to keep him, may offer bigger terms but his representatives have been hawking him round and he looks set to go. Vardy’s buyout clause is only open to Champions League clubs and no one else has made an acceptable offer. England boss Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he does not want medicals or negotiations being done while on Euros duty and Arsenal believe they can get it done quickly. Further discussions are expected this weekend but the deal is moving quickly.Arsene Wenger has identified Vardy as the top class striker Arsenal need but business will continue in a busy summer. Wenger is also keen to sign a centre-back, along with a young forward.