From Fleetwood Town to Madrid in a matter of years?
Jamie Vardy’s rags-to-riches story is a famous one. A non-league player for both Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, the 31-year-old moved to Championship side Leicester in 2012.
The Foxes earned promotion to the Premier League two years later, and of course, astonishingly won England’s top league in 2016, with Vardy winning the Premier League ‘Player of the Season’. Teams such as Arsenal then took a very keen interest in him.
Viewed in that context, it’s not greatly shocking that the striker has now been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid by The Mirror, who report that Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to bring the Englishman aboard, partly to negate the loss of Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to leave.
Simeone is said to be impressed by Vardy’s showing in the Champions League a few seasons ago, and can offer him top European football once again by virtue of Atletico’s Europa League triumph.
A figure of £20m has been mooted, which is rather large for a 31-year-old.
That being said, Vardy hasn’t rested on his 2016 laurels – he scored 23 goals in 42 appearances this season – just one shy of his Premier League-winning tally.
Jamie Vardy finishes the season having outscored Lukaku, Firmino, Lacazette, Morata and loads others. And it’s anything but a shock tbh. How is nobody taking a punt on him? Don’t get it.
— ray (@vinfox) May 13, 2018
Vardy getting 20 in a side that has spent so much of the season creating next to nothing is extraordinary. He is a top striker. There’s no doubt about it anymore.
— DT (@Dan_Turner_93) May 13, 2018
Following the so-far failed forward signings of the likes of Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani, Leicester will be desperate to hold on to their talisman.