Report: Arsenal trigger release clause in attempt to sign Jamie Vardy

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Is Jamie Vardy, less than a month off winning the Premier League title with Leicester City and capping off one of the most unlikely and memorable individual seasons in a long time, going to join Arsenal this summer?

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That’s the newest, hottest transfer rumor doing the rounds this afternoon after the Gunners’ manager, Arsene Wenger, reportedly made a $29-million bid for the 29-year-old, which automatically triggers the release clause in his current contract with the Foxes, according to multiple reports out of the UK.

Vardy could, of course, choose to turn down any contract offer made by Arsenal — and a presumed massive pay raise that would accompany it — in favor of remaining with the reigning Premier League champions.

On the other hand, money talks — and loudly. Also, there’s the added bonus of (near-)guaranteed Champions League football every season going forward, while Leicester, even having won the PL title this season, seem unlikely to finish in the top-four for a second straight season in 2016-17. (Silly me for underestimating them, though, right?)

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Vardy would almost surely not be an every-game player at Arsenal, with the likes of Olivier Giroud and anyone else Wenger may sign this summer splitting starts with the eight-times-capped England international, at the very least. At the same time, once (if) Vardy puts pen to paper on a contract, he’s due every last dollar of that deal, no matter how many games he does or doesn’t play. This is what we call a win-win situation, if you’re Vardy.

A decision is unlikely to come down from Vardy’s camp before or during England’s EURO 2016 campaign, which kicks off against Russia next Saturday, June 11, in Marseille, France.