The dust has barely settled on Leicester City’s incredible title triumph and the Premier League’s vultures are already poaching their best talent. As the Gunners attempt to hijack Leicester’s goal machine, Jamie Vardy, the Foxes are reportedly already making progressive plans in case of the striker’s departure.
According to The Telegraph, Mr Watford, Troy Deeney has been targeted by Ranieri as a suitable replacement, should Vardy choose to leave the Premier League champions.
Leicester will use everything in their armoury to keep the England international at the club by making him a contract offer that will have to rival that of Arsenal’s. The contract will be an outstanding reward for his continued and prolific nature in front of goal, which proved a major factor in the Foxes winning the Premier League title.
Arsenal have reportedly offered a contract of £120,000 a week to the veteran Vardy in a desperate effort to get the proven goal scorer on side. His presence would add to the Gunners strike force and be a welcome addition to their lack of pace upfront. Arsene Wenger will hope to end the 13-year wait for a Premier League title with his signature.
The release clause has been triggered by Arsenal and terms are provisionally agreed, leaving the decision now with the 29-year-old. Having only broken into professional football in 2012 and with nine years of non-league football, the expectation is that Vardy will take the leap into North London to become part of one of the biggest clubs in the world, leaving the door open for Leicester to sign a new striker.
Should Vardy turn down a move to The Gunners and actually stay at Leicester, it is reported that Leicester will continue to pursue their new target man Troy Deeney, with Ranieri looking to build a formidable strike force with or without their top scorer of last season.
It is claimed that Deeney would set Leicester back £15million – a meagre price tag in today’s modern climate – but while Deeney has come out and expressed his happiness at Watford, the chance to play with the elite in Europe would surely be too great to turn down.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ side successfully secured their place in next season’s Premier League early in the campaign, reaching the 30-point mark by the end of January thanks to fine form from Deeney and strike partner Odion Ighalo.
Despite Flores being axed from proceedings and the appointment of Walter Mazzarri, the club captain remained committed to the side that handed him a second chance after a four-month prison sentence earlier in his career.
After being discarded by Aston Villa as a youngster and training as a bricklayer for £120-a-week as a youngster, Deeney made his name with non-league minnows Chelmsley Town and Halesowen.
The striker is driven by a fear that fate could snatch away the security he has striven so hard to provide for his young family so he is rightly savouring every second in the spotlight.
The matter wouldn’t be concluded if Leicester came in for Deeney, as the Watford captain loves the club and is settled in London. He is a big focal point in the changing room and loves the club dearly.
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