Manchester United are one of the clubs showing a mild interest in the possibility of signing Jamie Vardy this summer.
This is according to insider Graeme Bailey, who has been speaking on the latest Talking Transfers podcast about Erik ten Hag’s search for a new striker.
It is believed the Red Devils are looking into the potential of bringing Benjamin Sesko to Old Trafford from RB Salzburg in this window, but face competition from the likes of Chelsea.
But with the 19-year-old striker only having one full season of top-flight action in Austria under his belt, it would be a huge ask to move to Old Trafford and take on the pressure of expectation. Despite this, Salzburg are thought to have held initial talks over a possible deal.
However, the Slovenian may not be the striker United turn to this summer with Bailey claiming that along with Chelsea, the Red Devils do have an eye on Vardy, who Brendan Rodgers hailed as a “real icon“.
Speaking prior to Wednesday’s development on Sesko, Bailey said: “This rumour started out and it’s been confirmed by Chelsea sources there is an interest in Jamie Vardy from Chelsea, and also, we understand, Manchester United.
“When we say ‘interest’, bids haven’t been lodged. Both these clubs are keeping an eye on his situation. There was meant to be contract talks with Vardy, but they haven’t taken place – they’ve been stalled or cancelled, from what we understand.”
TIF Thoughts on Bailey’s comments…
Do you think Vardy could be a good signing?
Vardy, though, is now 35 years old, so this would definitely not be a long-term solution for Ten Hag, but he could certainly offer them another stopgap solution until next summer if Salzburg manage to keep hold of Sesko.
Injuries were an issue for Vardy last season, but he still managed to provide 15 league goals in just 25 appearances, so if he can maintain his fitness, it could actually be a short-term option that actually makes some sense.