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'Jamie Vardy wants to join Arsenal'

The Gunners have matched the release clause in the Leicester City striker’s contract.

Jamie Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals for Leicester last season.
Jamie Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals for Leicester last season.

OLIVIER GIROUD SAYS he has been informed that Jamie Vardy wants to join Arsenal this summer, after the Gunners triggered the release clause in the Leicester City striker’s contract.

It’s understood that Arsene Wenger’s side are confident of completing the signing of the 29-year-old before Vardy and the rest of the England squad fly to France for Euro 2016 on Monday.

Claudio Ranieri subsequently told Gazzetta dello Sport that “it’s all true” when asked about Arsenal’s interest, and Giroud is excited by the prospect of Vardy completing his transfer.

I have been told that Jamie wants to join us and it’s very good news for us. I think we can be complimentary and that’s all I can say,” Giroud told Sky Sports News.

“He’s a fantastic player, so it’s good news for us.”

Giroud is also unworried by the prospect of elite competition at the Emirates Stadium and insists he knew the club would sign a forward this summer as they

As I said in the past I am happy with competition. We have always had fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I want the best for this club. Hopefully he is going to help us win this title,” he added.

“The boss wanted to sign at least one or two strikers, so I expected a top striker and I think it will benefit the club and hopefully he is going to score a lot of goals like he did at Leicester.”

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