Chelsea want Leicester City's Jamie Vardy - Could he be a late addition?
In a surprising late twist to the summer transfer window, the Mirror believe that Chelsea may look to pursue a move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to partner Alvaro Morata up-front.
What would he bring to Stamford Bridge?
Goals. Even in a poor season on a personal level and a team level last season, Vardy scored 16 goals in 48 games last season and he has started this campaign with two in two. That would bode well given his proven track record in the Premier League which will appeal to Antonio Conte.
His pace would also fit in well with Chelsea’s rapid counter attacking style. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian bombing on around him to provide service, it is hard to imagine that there are any Premier League defences who would be able to keep up with that attack.
Importantly, Vardy would also qualify as a player with homegrown status which is crucial for both Premier League and Champions League squad registration purposes, particularly after John Terry, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Asmir Begovic and Dominic Solanke all left the club this summer.
Is a move likely?
Chelsea are believed to be on the look out for another striker, despite having spent £67 million on Spanish forward Alvaro Morata. They are thought to be keen on a player with Premier League experience who can help Morata to adapt, and there would be few better candidates than the previous winner Vardy.
Leicester on the other hand are highly unlikely to be keen on a deal. With Riyadh Mahrez they have already shown this summer that they will not be forced into selling any of their key players. Vardy is still likely to lead the line for the Foxes this season and they won’t be keen to let him go.
Vardy himself may be keen, given that he is now 30-years-old and this could be his last shot at the big time. It would also offer a return to the Champions League, but he must be aware of the fact that he is likely to spend more time on the bench at Stamford Bridge in a season leading up to the 2018 World Cup.
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