Paul Merson responds to Jamie Vardy speculation

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy wins the Barclays Player Of The Season Award

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester City in the summer transfer window.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy wins the Barclays Player Of The Season Award

Paul Merson has suggested to talkSPORT that Jamie Vardy is not going to leave Leicester City for Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal made a bid for the England international striker at the start of the month.

It was reported that the Gunners had triggered the release clause of £20 million in Vardy’s contract.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

BBC Sport has also reported that Arsenal have made the 29-year-old striker an offer of £120,000 per week.

It has been reported that Leicester have responded with an offer of £100,000 to convince Vardy to remain at the King Power Stadium next season.

According to BBC Sport, the former Fleetwood Town striker is set to reject the move to Arsenal and will continue playing for the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Former Arsenal attacker Merson has suggested that the Gunners fans would not welcome Vardy now as he has taken too much time to decide on his future.

"If Arsenal come calling for you, and you don't come in the first 24 hours then you aren't signing,” Merson told talkSPORT when asked about the current situation regarding Vardy.

"I mean, you are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everybody wants to play for Arsenal."

“You sort of look at it now and you think, ‘Would the fans be happy if he went now?’” added the former England international attacker.

“Because they would be looking and thinking, ‘Wait there a minute. Why didn’t you come straightaway?’”

Vardy was one of the best players in the Premier League for Arsenal last season and was a key figure in Leicester’s title triumph.

The England international striker scored 24 goals and created 46 chances in 36 league matches for the Foxes during the 2015-16 campaign.

Jamie Vardy - Leicester City

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch