In Focus: Man United should steer clear of Jamie Vardy because of price tag

According to reports in The Telegraph, Manchester United have made a preliminary enquiry for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who would cost them around £35m and has scored 51 goals in 126 Premier League appearances.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that the Red Devils are considering making a move for a new attacker before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month to give Romelu Lukaku some back-up for the remainder of the season.

The Telegraph says that United feel that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s follow-up injury issues following his long-term absence after his cruciate ligament injury has left Lukaku short of competition and has meant that he hasn’t really been able to be rested, and they believe his form has suffered as a consequence.

The report adds that they are keen on Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and West Ham United’s Javier Hernandez along with Vardy, who would cost around £35m in the Foxes were willing to let him leave before January 31.

How has Vardy done this season?

While he perhaps hasn’t been as effective in previous years – in Leicester’s title-winning campaign especially – the England international has still scored nine goals in 21 Premier League games, also netting one in the EFL Cup.

Despite the arrivals of Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho over the course of the last couple of summers, the 31-year-old is still the Foxes’ main man and it is no surprise that one of the biggest clubs in the top flight is taking a look at him.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would.

Even though he is 31, Vardy is full of energy, loves to pressurise defenders and run the channels and has shown that he can be a prolific finisher.

The Three Lions star would certainly provide a different option to Lukaku, while the fact he would also be eligible to play in the Champions League is a big plus point.

The striker has scored 51 goals and provided 25 assists in 126 Premier League games for Leicester to show that he would get goals for United, while he also holds the record for scoring in 11 consecutive top flight games since the competition began in 1992.

Will they get him?

It seems unlikely unless Leicester are open to selling, while it also remains unclear whether the Red Devils would be willing to pay at least £35m for a player that is 31 years of age.

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