Arsenal have reportedly closing in on a deal for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy after the North London side reportedly met the Foxes forward’s £20m release clause on Friday.
Vardy who scored 24 goals last season, agreed terms on a new three-and-a-half-year deal in February after attracting interests from Liverpool, Manchester United and dethroned EPL champions Chelsea over the course of the winter transfer window.
Earlier reports state that Vardy did not insist on the clause being added but it nonetheless guarantees that Leicester could command a sizable fee while the England striker, on the other hand, is assured that he won’t be kept against his will if he elects to leave.
The 29-year-old who signed from Fleetwood Town for £1m in 2012, is believed to have the option to leave the King Power Stadium if any suitors match Leicester’s valuation – and The Guardian say Arsenal did so on Friday evening.
Vardy is currently with the England squad ahead of the European Championship in France. But his place in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up is in jeopardy after a frustratingly narrow 1-0 victory against Portugal at Wembley on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Leicester on Friday completed their first signing of the summer in a £2.6m capture of German goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover on Friday morning.
The 27-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Premier League champions and is expected to provide cover for first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ahead of their maiden campaign in the Champions League.