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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out about his failed quest for the transfer of Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy in 2016.
The Frenchman admits he offered Vardy a lot of money in an attempt to persuade him to move to the Emirates Stadium, but in the end it appears that Leicester also offered him an equally tempting deal to stay at King Power Stadium.
Vardy had just won the Premier League title with the Foxes and was beginning to show himself as one of the best strikers in Europe, and there is no question that he could have been a tremendous signing for Arsenal.
The 34-year-old remains a star player for Leicester and Arsenal fans will surely regret not being able to bring this fast, hard-working and clinical leader to North London when he was in his prime.
Wenger praised Vardy during his beIN Sports expert duty, as quoted by Daily star, and also talked about his efforts to sign him a few years ago.
“Great, he’s always in the game,” Wenger said. “It seems like he doesn’t get out of the game mentally. The great forwards that I like are convinced that they will score at some point. That allows them, even when they miss an opportunity, to stay in the game. “
When trying to sign Vardy, Wenger added: “I offered him a lot of money at the time.
“Leicester had just won the championship in 2016, and Srivaddhanaprabha at the time, who unfortunately after having the helicopter accident, did not want to lose it and was offered a longer contract and roughly the same money, if not more.”