Jamie Vardy was on the verge of joining Sheffield Wednesday from Leicester

By Dominic Toner

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes that Jamie Vardy gave his side a massive boost when he turned down a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal triggered the striker’s £22million release clause at the start of June but the Englishman decided to stay at the King Power Stadium.

Ranieri told Italian publication La Gazzeta dello Sport that Vardy’s decision to stay at Leicester was massive for the club:”Huge. It gave a signal to all.”

The 29-year-old striker could have moved for bigger wages however has remained loyal to the side who picked him up from non-league football.

Arsene Wenger has now turned his attention to striker Mauro Icardi who has a £43million price tag set by Inter Milan.

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Arsenal seem persistent on bringing in some firepower to their forward line this summer and 24-goal man Vardy could have been the perfect solution with his experience of the league.

The man goal threat for the Londoners last season was Olivier Giroud who picked up 16 goals and six assists in the league.

The Frenchman continued that good form in to the Euros where he helped the hosts to a runners-up finish with three goals in the competition.

Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain has been mentioned as a different forward option instead of Vardy and Arsenal are in pole position to sign the £78million-rated star.

In other Arsenal transfer news, club legend David Seaman has named two potential signings that could help them win the league.