Atletico Madrid lining up shock 20m pound bid for Jamie Vardy

Atletico Madrid are lining up Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to replace the outgoing Antoine Griezmann this summer. 

 

Griezmann is on the verge of completing a move to Barcelona as the Catalan club are willing to meet his £89million release clause.

Vardy scored against Atletico when the two sides faced each other in the quarter-finals of the 2016/17 Champions League but Diego Simeone's secured a 2-1 victory on aggregate. 

And Simeone sees the £20million valued Vardy, 31, as the ideal candidate to be Diego Costa's new striking partner. 

Boyhood Atletico striker Fernando Torres is a free agent after his contract with the club expired at the end of the season meaning a move to La Liga for Vardy could well be on.   

 

The Foxes forward received a call-up for England’s 2018 World Cup after scoring 23 goals in the 2017/18 campaign. 

However, the 2015/16 EPL champions are keen to extend Vardy's contract with the club and are reportedly willing to up his pay from 100,000 pound-a-week to 140,000 pound-a-week to keep him on. 

 

Despite sealing the deal for Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira, it’s set to be a long summer for Leicester as they also look set to receive bids for want-away star Riyad Mahrez as well.

 

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