Premier League rivals on alert as Jamie Vardy's release clause is revealed
Published 08/03/2016 | 11:41
A transfer fee of £30m is apparently what it will cost to prise Jamie Vardy away from Leicester City at the end of the club's historic Premier League season.
Even if Claudio Ranieri's men fall short in their attempt to win the league title - after starting the season at 5000/1 - their achievement will still be seismic.
This time last year they were relegation favourites and now they are the bookies choice to take home the Premier League crown.
One of the main reasons that the Foxes have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table has been the form of striker Jamie Vardy. The Englishman's goal-scoring has slowed down in recent weeks but he has still netted 19 times in 28 league games this season.
Vardy was rewarded with a new £80,000 per week deal before Christmas and according to The Times, the contract contains a release clause worth £30m.
That is quite a large price to pay for a striker who is enjoying the best season of his career at the moment. If you were Leicester's accountant, you might be tempted to ring around some of the league's top clubs and try to sell high on your prized asset.
Last season under Nigel Pearson, Vardy only scored five goals in 35 league games, so it will be interesting to see if this year's form is sustainable in the long run.