Former Leicester City star Gerry Taggart says Jamie Vardy leaving could be catastrophic for club

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Leicester's top scorer is mulling over a potential move to Arsenal.

England's Jamie Vardy

Former Leicester City defender Gerry Taggart has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Jamie Vardy's potential exit could be "catastrophic" for the club as it would likely lead to a mass exodus amongst their most prominent stars.

Vardy is thought to be mulling over a move to Arsenal after the Gunners activated his reported release clause with a £20 million bid for the striker over the weekend.

The 29-year-old flew to France on Monday with the rest of the England squad as they begin their final preparations of Saturday's Euro 2016 opener with Russia.

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In the time since the news of the bid surfaced, players and pundits alike have been queueing up to offer their opinions on the potential move for the man who has scored 27 goals for club and country this season.

Vardy's Foxes teammate Shinji Okazaki said on Monday that he would understand if the lure of a move to the Emirates Stadium proved too much to resist for the striker, but Taggart's outlook is perhaps the most ominous of any commenter.

The Northern Irishman says the champions could begin to unravel at the seams if Vardy chooses to leave as the star striker's exit would be likely to spark something of an exodus at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Taggart told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I believe that if Jamie does go it could be catastrophic for the club because I think if he goes then one or two others might want to leave as well.

"The whole Leicester ethos over the last couple of seasons has been built around people like Jamie Vardy. If one starts to leave than it could just fall apart.

"I know in the background they'll be beavering away trying to bring in the best replacement they can for whatever money's available to them, but I just think for the good of the whole team and the club it's important that Jamie Vardy stays at Leicester."

Leicester fans and manager Claudio Ranieri will certainly be praying that Vardy decides that he is better off remaining at the club as they look ahead to an unprecedented season as both defending domestic champions and Champions League competitors.

Jamie Vardy scores the third goal for Leicester City from the penalty spot

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