Monday, 6 June 2016

SPORTS:---ARSENAL CLOSE TO COMPLETING VARDY DEAL

ARSENAL CLOSE TO COMPLETING
VARDY DEAL

By Chris Wheatley
The Premier League champion has all but agreed his
move to Arsenal as the club pencil in a medical
before he travels to Euro 2016 with the England
squad on Monday
EXCLUSIVE
Arsenal are hoping to seal the signing of Jamie
Vardy within the next two days, Goal understands.
The 29-year-old will travel to France with the
England squad ahead of Euro 2016 on Monday and
Gunners officials are desperate to complete the deal
before the tournament gets underway after activating
his £20 million release clause.
Vardy scored 24 goals last season as Leicester City
won their first ever Premier League title, finishing
10 points above the second-placed Gunners.
After rising from non-league to top flight football,
Vardy was named Football Writers' Player of the Year
after his scintillating performances in attack for the
Foxes which included goals against Arsenal, Chelsea,



Manchester United and Liverpool.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed
Arsenal's bid for Vardy, telling La Gazzetta dello
Sport that "it's all true" when asked about the
Gunners' interest in the forward.
Vardy is represented by the same management
company as Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Gedion
Zelalem, along with youth-team prospects Jay
Beckford and Daniel Crowley.
Goal understands that Vardy's England team-mate
Jack Wilshere has played a huge part in persuading
his compatriot to join him at Emirates Stadium and
that a medical has been pencilled in for Sunday
afternoon at the club's London Colney training
ground.
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stay at Leicester
Arsene Wenger was at Wembley on Thursday night
with former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein to
watch England take on Portugal, with Vardy's agent
John Morris also in attendance.
Wenger has identified Vardy as the top-class striker
Arsenal need but business will continue in a busy
summer. Wenger is also keen to sign a centre-back,
along with a young forward.
Vardy will become Arsenal's second signing of the
summer following the arrival of defensive
midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia
Monchengladbach for £33m.