Report: Manchester United and Chelsea keeping tabs on 164-goal striker

Jamie Vardy
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Manchester United and Chelsea are among other Premier League clubs who are currently tracking the situation of Leicester City centre-forward Jamie Vardy, according to 90min.

Vardy has just a year left to run on his contract at the King Power Stadium with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers previously admitting that the club would assess the England international’s future.

Leicester are yet to open talks about extending Vardy’s stint at the club, where he has scored an impressive 164 goals in 385 appearances for the former Premier League champions in all competitions (transfermarkt).

The Foxes, meanwhile, are yet to make one signing so far this summer, with Rodgers recently commenting how difficult the current window has proven to be as they financially look to balance their books  (BBC).

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United and Chelsea will probably be delighted by Leicester’s financially stricken situation. After all, both of them could use that to their advantage and prise away Vardy if they actively target him to improve their frontline for the upcoming season.

Despite being 35, Vardy has scored an impressive 17 goals alongside two assists from 33 matches across all competitions in the previous campaign (Transfermarkt). That return is all the more impressive after factoring in the Foxes’ poor form and the injuries he suffered in that period.

Erik ten Hag’s side has seen Edinson Cavani leave on a free transfer in this window (Daily Mail), and Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation has now worsened after the boss recently called him out for leaving early during the 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano (Viaplay Sport Nederland).

United could need a new striker even if Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have fared well in the forward areas in the pre-season friendlies.

As for Chelsea, they have facilitated a loan move for Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this summer (Sky Sports). Timo Werner has also been linked with a return to RB Leipzig (BBC), which means that they may need to sign a new centre-forward making Vardy a potential option in the process.