Arsene Wenger reveals he offered Leicester star Jamie Vardy ‘a lot of money’ to join Arsenal

Vardy had just led Leicester to the title in 2016
Vardy had just led Leicester to the title in 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he offered Jamie Vardy ‘a lot of money’ to move from Leicester City to the Emirates back in 2016.

The striker had just fired in 24 goals to help his side to a shock Premier League title victory in the 2015/16 campaign but instead of making the switch to north London, he decided to commit his future to the Foxes.

Since putting pen to paper on a new Leicester deal in the summer of 2016, Vardy has taken his tally of top-flight goals to 115, and he is still thriving at the age of 34.

Wenger was an admirer of the Foxes striker
Wenger was an admirer of the Foxes striker (Picture: Getty Images)

And Wenger admitted he tried his best to recruit the potent forward but Leicester matched Arsenal’s lucrative offer.

‘I offered him a lot of money at the time,’ Wenger told beIN Sports when asked how close he came to signing Vardy for Arsenal.

‘Leicester had just won the championship in 2016, and [Vichai] Srivaddhanaprabha at the time, who unfortunately after had the helicopter accident, did absolutely not want to lose him and they offered him a longer contract and approximately the same money, if not more.’

When pressed on if Vardy would have been a good fit for his Arsenal side, Wenger replied: ‘We had more of the ball, yes, but still around the box, the timings of his runs, he finds the space.

‘When you see the big strikers, they’re on the move when others stand still in the box, and he has that.

‘You see they read [the game] earlier than others, they anticipate better, they understand quicker than other people what’s going on, and [he has] that quality of anticipation, that speed of understanding.’

Vardy netted his 12th goal of the current campaign in Leicester’s 3-1 victory over Premier League champions Liverpool on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side sit in second place in the table, seven points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

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