Man United must rival Atletico Madrid for Jamie Vardy after Chelsea horror show

According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Atletico Madrid are reportedly lining up a bid to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as a potential replacement for Antoine Griezmann if he leaves the club this summer, and Manchester United should look to hijack any deal after their horror show on Saturday.

What’s the word, then?

Aaron Cresswell in action with Jamie Vardy

Well, the Sunday Mirror says that Diego Simeone is keen to bring the England international to Spain as he feels he could be the perfect foil for Diego Costa next season, should Griezmann leave the Europa League champions for Barcelona.

The Sunday Mirror says that the Foxes don’t want to lose their star man though, and they have opened talks with the 31-year-old over extending his current deal, worth £100,000-a-week according to The Independent, which expires in 2020.

Meanwhile, Man United were poor in their 1-0 FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, and with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata failing to shine, Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho could be looking to strengthen his frontline this summer.

How did Vardy do this season?

It was another brilliant campaign for the pacy frontman.

The 31-year-old’s brace on the final day of the Premier League last weekend saw him reach 20 top flight goals for the season, while he got 23 in 42 appearances in all competitions.

It means that the England man, who has seven goals in 21 caps for his country, now has 62 goals in 142 Premier League outings for the Foxes, as he shows no signs of declining despite the fact he will turn 32 in little over six months.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would be.

Vardy has proven time and time again that he can get goals in the Premier League and at international level, and his work-rate and ability to put opposition defenders under pressure will mean that he is the type of player that Mourinho will love.

The Portuguese boss will also know that Vardy is an exciting player that can get the Old Trafford faithful, who want to see one of their former attacking flops return to the club this summer on Twitter, on their feet, and that is perhaps something that is needed next term considering their style of play hasn’t exactly been scintillating for the majority of their trophy-less campaign.