Everton set to challenge Chelsea for Jamie Vardy - Would he be a good £40 million signing?
Everton could compete with Chelsea in one late transfer saga of the summer window, as the Mirror say that the Toffees could make a £40 million bid for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
What would Vardy bring to Goodison Park?
Vardy is a proven Premier League goalscorer and that is exactly what Ronald Koeman is looking for to add to his squad after losing Romelu Lukaku. His goals were crucial to Leicester’s Premier League success only two years ago and also highly important in their charge on Europe last season.
Vardy would also bring pace to the Toffees’ attack, something that is in short supply from Wayne Rooney. Everton like to get forward on the counter attack and Vardy is used to that style of play and knows exactly how to make it work and score goals.
His experience could also be valuable. Everton’s young squad could do with a few older players and Vardy is a similar kind of striker to Sandro Ramirez, and may help to bring the best out of the young Spaniard’s game playing alongside him in training and in matches.
Is a move likely?
It’s hard to imagine that Leicester will be open to the idea of selling one of their key players. They’ve shown with Riyadh Mahrez that they will not let players leave unless they want them to and their asking price is met. If talk of a £40 million bid is accurate, that could be a price to make them consider a sale.
Everton clearly have cash to splash, having spent almost £150 million this summer, and are still looking to bolster their front line after the sale of Romelu Lukaku. However, at 30-years-old, Ronald Koeman and co. may have to question whether or not it is value for money to spend such a fee on a player who is likely to be on the decline sooner rather than later.
Vardy may feel that it will be one of his final opportunities to play in Europe, particularly as Leicester look unlikely to be competing at that level again anytime soon. Equally, the notion of a move may remove the certainty of a starting spot which he has at Leicester and put his place in England’s World Cup squad in jeopardy.