Arsenal closed the deal to sign Jamie Vardy in 2016 before Leicester’s star changed his mind, says Law
Arsenal finalized deal to sign Jamie Vardy in 2016 before Leicester striker made a last-minute turnaround, Ex-Emirates transfer chief Dick Law reveals
- Arsenal wanted to sign Jamie Vardy after firing Leicester to the title in 2015-16
- Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law tried to close the deal to sign Vardy
- He revealed that the deal was closed before Vardy changed his mind overnight
Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law has revealed how close Leicester striker Jamie Vardy moved to Emirates Stadium in 2016.
Arsenal had identified Vardy as a major target after firing Leicester to the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.
Vardy scored 24 goals and scored the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games, scoring 11 consecutive games.
Arsenal came incredibly close to contracting Jamie Vardy from Leicester after the 2015-16 season
Vardy’s 24 goals that campaign led Leicester to an unlikely Premier League win
JAMIE VARDY’S LEICESTER STATISTICS
Arsene Wenger had to boost his attack and wanted to take Vardy to the club.
Law, who spent 13 years with Arsenal between 2005 and 2018, was in charge of the deal and has now revealed how the striker was ready to sign before making a U-turn at the last minute.
To talk with The athleticLaw said, “The deal with Leicester was done, the deal with the player was done.
“He came to visit with his wife Rebekah, he was sitting on the bench in front of Arsene … then backed up.
“On the way back to Leicester, I get a call from the player saying he wants to think about it overnight.”
“That’s when you know it’s bad news.”
Arsene Wenger wanted to take him to Arsenal, but Dick Law said Vardy had changed his mind
Vardy has had another productive season and this time scored 19 goals for Leicester
Vardy chose to stay in Leicester, where he etched his name into the club’s folklore.
The former England international has been a star player for Leicester over the years and was about to help the club return to the Champions League before football was suspended due to the corona virus crisis.
Arsenal, meanwhile, staggered in ninth for the forced break and seems to be missing European football altogether.
Vardy has had another productive season and has scored 19 goals for Leicester.