So we have finally got confirmation that Jamie Vardy will not be joining Arsenal, from the Leicester Chairman and from Arsene Wenger himself. So now it is time to consider alternatives that will come as cheaply as Vardy, as we know Wenger will not start talking in astronomical numbers! From the Vardy bid it looks like Wenger is looking for someone to cover until Danny Welback returns from injury.
One possibility is the Spanish striker Nolito, who scored for his country the other day. He is 29 years old as well, so will be a short term fix like Vardy, and is likely to cost much less than the Leicester hitman.
Just this week, Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino stated: “I think that Nolito will leave Celta this year,”
“There are no numbers, no negotiations. He has a buyout clause of €18m. Who pays it, can sign him.
“Nolito is playing so good and is a player who we have had a lot of advantages from. He was in a second line and we knew how to recover him.
“If anybody pays us the €18m we will lose an important player, but we will have money that we have never had before to boost the squad for next season.”
The 18m euros only works out at around 14 million GBP, which is surely worth a punt as a short term backup to Olivier Giroud.
What do you think?