Savage urges Vardy to make £20m Arsenal move

Date published: Saturday 11th June 2016 11:53

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Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage says Jamie Vardy “owes Leicester nothing” and believes the striker should jump ship and join Arsenal.

The 29-year-old Leicester and England frontman is still mulling over a switch to the Gunners after Arsenal triggered his release clause with a £20million bid.

Reports last weekend suggested Vardy would have a medical at London Colney and wrap up a deal with Arsene WEenger’s men before he joined up with England on Monday, but that never happened and the deal is still up in the air.

Former Foxes midfielder Savage, 41, though has no problem with seeing the former Halifax and Fleetwood man move and believes he should jump at the chance.

“Jamie Vardy owes Leicester nothing,” Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column.

“He has just fired them to the Premier League title and into the Champions League. To be honest, I don’t know what more he can realistically achieve at the King Power.

“Leicester aren’t going to win the title again. And although they can offer Vardy a taste of Champions League football next season, in all likelihood Arsenal can offer it every year.

“If I was 29 years old, and the Gunners were offering me £120,000 a week for the next three years , I wouldn’t think twice. I’d be off to north London.”

On Friday former Arsenal star Ray Parlour claimed he understood that Vardy had decided to stay with Leicester despite a four-year contract worth an estimated £25million on the table.

The Foxes immediately made a new offer to Vardy and Parlour thinks that has been accepted by the England man, who looks set for a place on the bench tonight against Russia.

“The signs are that Vardy is torn between joining Arsenal and staying at Leicester, but whatever he chooses to do, he must remember there is no loyalty in football any more,” added Savage.

“And I am intrigued by the £20million exit clause in his contract that the Gunners have triggered.

“Why insert that clause if you are not prepared to jump ship when a big club activates it?

“And why £20m? With a £5.1billion TV deal set to kick in, there was always going to be someone nibbling at the bait.”

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