Jamie Vardy has been urged to commit his future to Barclays Premier League champions Leicester after reports that Arsenal have triggered the England striker’s release clause.
Vardy has been the subject of a £20million bid from the Gunners, according to the Guardian, which would reportedly allow them access to speak to the 29-year-old.
His goals spurred Leicester to a stunning title success and seemingly have attracted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to launch an early-summer bid for the frontman.
Former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker wants Vardy to stay at the King Power Stadium with Claudio Ranieri’s side.
And in response to broadcaster Piers Morgan, who wrote on Twitter “Come on @vardy7 – let’s do this”, Lineker challenged Vardy to turn down the advances from north London.
He wrote: “Stay with the Champions @vardy7 don’t join the perennial also-rans.”
Vardy scored 24 goals in the Foxes’ triumphant campaign, forging a brilliant understanding with Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with Arsenal in the past.
With Euro 2016 ahead, Vardy’s focus has been on England duty in recent weeks but he may now have a major career decision to make before the finals.
The former Halifax and Fleetwood striker has enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of the game and signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Leicester only in February as the club rewarded him for driving their title bid.
Leicester were 5,000-1 shots to win the league at the beginning of the campaign but defied those odds to finish an astonishing 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal.
Vardy was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels until 2010, and the prospect of joining one of England’s biggest club sides could be difficult to turn down, despite Leicester’s achievement in the last ten months and his affection for the club.
Like Vardy, Lineker was top scorer in the top flight with Leicester before leaving, in his case for Everton in 1985.
There was no immediate comment from Leicester, Arsenal or Vardy’s management on the reports of Arsenal’s approach.
Vardy indicated in early May that he had no desire to leave Leicester.
He said at the time: “We’ve just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next year. I am happy here.”