Arsenal was looking to be the first club to pry away a Leicester City player after the Foxes’ improbable Premier League title. Instead, they may fall short.
“Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester,” Wenger said during an interview on Chinese television. Vardy has faced public speculation about a possible move, but said he would not make a decision until England’s run in the 2016 European Championship is over.
According to the BBC, the Gunners will not improve their initial contract offer of $172,000 per week for three years, with an option for a fourth. Vardy signed a three-year contract extension in February, and the report says he has yet another new offer on the table that would extend that three-year offer into a fourth.
Now, with Arsenal’s pursuit of Vardy likely over, they are moving on to other options. Italian media has linked Arsenal to Alvaro Morata, but that appears to be a long shot with Real Madrid the front-runners to bring the Spaniard back, with Chelsea in play as well.