Leicester City have identified Watford captain Troy Deeney as their priority signing this summer. Deeney is expected to cost around £15 million which is a bargain considering his qualities and the highly inflated transfer window.
The signing of the Watford forward does not depend on the decision of Arsenal target Jamie Vardy as Leicester have made it known they would move for Deeney whether Vardy exits the club or stays back .
Jamie Vardy is reported to be reviewing his option and would make it known whether he is moving to Arsenal who met his £20 million release clause and even offered him a three year contract of £120,000-a-week with an option for a further year or stick with Leicester after scoring 24 league goals last season and winning the English Premier League in the process after the Euro’s in July.
Vardy has become one of the hottest names in the transfer market even though he only signed his first professional contract in 2012 after playing for nine years in the non-league . The forward struck up an exciting partnership with Algerian Riyad Mahrez who won the PFA Player of the Year Award and is also linked with Arsenal this summer.
Leicester have offered Vardy a four year contract of £100,000-a-week though he is already 29 and relies so much on his pace which might not be the same as he advances with age. According to the Telegraph, Deeney is unlikely to leave Watford even with the change in the manager as Italian and former Napoli and Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri replaced Quinque Flores in the summer.
The decision by Deeney to stick with Watford is a form of gratitude as Watford gave him his chance in football after serving a four-month sentence earlier on in his career. Deeney feels he owes Watford everything after he was discarded by relegated Aston Villa as a youngster and also going on to pay £120,000-per- week to train as a bricklayer in his earlier life. Deeney then played for non-league minnows like Chelmsley Town and Halesowen before the dream move to Watford.
At Watford, Deeney is the captain and highly respected in the dressing room as he has shown how to lead. The Englishman has formed a deadly and formidable striking force with Nigerian Odion Ighalo and together the pair have set the Premiership ablaze. Whatever happens in regards to player transfers In the summer, it is surely going to get more interesting as it is difficult to predict football.