Arsene Wenger says Jamie Vardy will likely stay at Leicester City

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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.

The Gunners reportedly activated Jamie Vardy‘s release clause in his Leicester City contract, but according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the move will probably not materialize.

“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.