Arsenal have shown intent to add pace and menace to their attacking ranks by triggering Jamie Vardy's £20 million release clause. After signing Granit Xhaka, Arsène Wenger intends to fulfil his intentions to sign three players this summer. Wenger can be notoriously fussy and frustrating for loyal Gooners in the transfer window, but this summer could provide some much-needed joy. John Cross of the Daily Mirror claims that Liverpool are interested in signing the so-called English hero.
That claim was swiftly dismissed by the Liverpool Echo's Neil Jones, who seems to have stepped into James Pearce's boots recently. Jürgen Klopp has Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and Danny Ings to rely on ahead of a first full season at the club. With Roberto Firmino to consider if necessary, Liverpool really need to focus elsewhere in terms of strengthening the team. So, this rumour that Liverpool are offering Vardy £140,000 a week to join but can't really do so due to the fact that the player's £20 million release clause is only available to Champions League clubs is probably hogwash. With all due respect, of course.
Vardy turns 30 at the beginning of next year and could be an interesting addition for Arsenal in the final throes of the Wenger area. Whether Arsenal play to Vardy's strengths and become a more direct footballing side, however, is open to question. As for Liverpool, other targets are being pursued. The identity of those will become clear at some stage, but that is hardly a profound statement of any kind. Liverpool do not have Champions League football to offer and aren't in for Jamie Vardy. We have time, Klopp, and a promising squad in need of additions.
People might not want to hear this or feel this optimism, but we're going to be alright with what we've got in attack.