Report: Arsenal activate Jamie Vardy's release clause

News emerging this evening is that Arsenal have met the release clause of Jamie Vardy.

Report: Arsenal activate Jamie Vardy's release clause
Vardy scores against Arsenal. | Source: Sky Sports

Transfer speculation has died down since the confirmation of the signing of Granit Xhaka. However the table was flipped this evening as Arsenal are reported to have shown direct interest in Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, according to the Guardian.

A year to remember for Vardy

Arsenal have been desperate for a striker since the departure of Robin Van Persie many seasons ago. Tonight, Arsenal fans were recharged with hope that a striker could finally be on his way to the club. The Gunners have supposedly met the strikers release clause which is reportedly around the £20m mark. 

Jamie Vardy has seen his career reach new heights this season: breaking the English consecutive goal scoring record, winning the Premier League and getting a mention in Roy Hodgson's European Championships squad. 

Vardy only made it to professional football in 2012, after playing for Fleetwood Town prior to his breakthrough at Leicester City. The striker contributed to 30 of Leicester's 68 goals during their title-winning season, scoring twenty-four and assisting six. 

Taking the crucial part that the 29-year-old striker played in Leicester's unbelievable season into consideration, the Foxes are obviously reluctant to let their top scorer leave. 

Record breaker; Jamie Vardy. | Source: Premier League
Record breaker; Jamie Vardy. | Source: Premier League

Arsenal willing to take a risk?

It would be a shock signing for Arsenal, completely defying the transfer policy of the club that has remained untouched for many years under Wenger's reign. The transfer news has been paired with Wenger sitting down to watch England and Vardy play for England last night, alongside the one and only, David Dein

Arsenal are crying out for a striker, could Jamie Vardy be the one to ease the pressure of not possessing one? His pace, clinical nature and admirable movement off of the ball certainly communicates so; only time will tell. 

Nothing has been confirmed by neither club or player, it may well be the annual transfer nonsense that leaves football fans deflated, but we will remain hopeful until the blow is dealt should speculation be false. For now, Vardy will travel to France with his English teammates to challenge for the European Championships.