Recent reports have shown that Manchester United have joined the list of clubs monitoring Jamie Vardy’s contract situation at Leicester City. The 35-year-old has just one year remaining on his contract with Leicester City, and with many clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Newcastle, out on the hunt for a striker, he could part ways with the Foxes.
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Manchester United’s striker woes
Manchester parted ways earlier this summer with Edinson Cavani, missed out on both Erling Haaland and Darwin Nuñez, and are having a transfer situation with their highest goalscorer for last season, Cristiano Ronaldo. This narrows down their striking options to Anthony Martial and the likes of Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo, who deputized in pre-season. The club from Greater Manchester is in dire need of a striker who can challenge and push Anthony Martial to the limits of his game. They are reportedly interested in RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko, as are other clubs, but RB Salzburg seems unlikely to sell this summer, hence the interest in Jamie Vardy, based on reports from 90min.
Jamie Vardy’s Stats for Leicester City
Jamie Vardy is a proven goalscorer in the EPL after he helped Leicester secure the league title in a stunning 2015/2016 season, scoring 24 in the 36 matches he played that season. He is also the record-holder for scoring in the highest number of consecutive Premier League matches (11) and is 1 goal shy of the 150-goal margin. His stats (15 goals in 25 EPL appearances) for Leicester at 35 last season scream his ability to score goals and compete at the highest level, and that is the type of big striker clubs need now.
Chelsea also needs a proven goalscorer, Jamie Vardy could be an option
Chelsea is another club in the market for a striker. They have offloaded Romelu Lukaku, the man they paid £90 million to Inter Milan for, back to Inter Milan on a loan deal. They are unlikely to hold onto Timo Werner, with growing interest from Arsenal, Juventus, and his former club, RB Leipzig. This invariably means that Chelsea needs a striker as well. They have secured the services of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, but, just like last season, they are still without a proven striker. Timo Werner has not lived up to expectations and even if they keep him, he wouldn’t assure them of the goals he scored at Leipzig before they signed him.
Leicester City has been hard done by FIFA Financial Fair Play Rules, and they can’t sign players unless they sell. But they’d like to retain as many of their first-team players as they can, and that includes Jamie Vardy. They’ll love to renew his contract, but there are reports that if a suitable offer is tabled, they’ll consider it.