Arsenal reportedly activated Vardy’s buyout clause at the start of the month with the belief the striker, who bagged 24 goals for the Foxes last season, would join Granit Xhaka at The Emirates next season as the summer rebuild began early.
Photoshopped pictures of Vardy completing his move at London Colney began to do the rounds, Olivier Giroud also talked up his proposed new team mate and Arsenal fans were certain that the England striker would become a Gunner, but the move began to drag.
Initially it was thought he would join before the Euros but when the 29 year old flew to France without completing the deal it, doubts began to arise. The story then changed to Vardy wanting to focus on the Euros and the deal would be wrapped up on his return.
But with England still in the competition, Leicester revealed that they had approached their star striker about staying and he had agreed, with a new 4 year deal set to be signed.
This comes just months after Vardy signed a new 3 and a half year deal reportedly worth £75k a week. It is thought this new deal is in the £100k a week region and Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy believes that Vardy and his agent are the real winners in the whole matter:
From what I know, Vardy’s rep approached Arsenal about activating his release clause and Arsenal took the deal.
It appears his rep wanted to see what would happen if a club made a move for his client, and Leicester reacted. Vardy sees an increase on the wages he agreed in January, whilst his agent gets paid again after brokering a second deal in a matter of months.
It would have actually been a surprise if he had signed and I don’t imagine Arsenal are too bothered about missing out on him.
His style of play works best with Leicester who will happily allow opponents to enjoy the majority of possession, then try hit them on the counter attack. At Arsenal this wouldn’t work as they tend to hold the ball and opponents sit deep, negating Vardy’s ability to run in behind defences.
Leicester may have kept their player and Arsenal may not be bothered about missing a player who perhaps might not have fitted their system but essentially Vardy got a pay rise and his agent earned another sum for negotiating a new deal, so it is he and his client that come off best.