Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea exit paves way for £30m Premier League striker swoop

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Chelsea will reportedly step up their attempts to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy now that Jose Mourinho has left the club, the London Evening Standard reports.

Vardy, who is the current Premier League top scorer, netted against the Blues in Leicester’s 2-1 win on Monday night, and the Standard claims that he is now the club’s first choice to add some firepower to their ailing front line.

It is said that the club’s Technical Director Michael Emenalo recommended the 28-year-old to Jose Mourinho as a potential signing in the new year, but having grown frustrated with the club’s transfer policy, Mourinho rejected the idea claiming the England international didn’t suit his style of play.

And it is thought that one of the key factors behind Chelsea’s apparent keenness to sign him is that he would be eligible to play for the club in the Champions League and would be available to face Paris Saint Germain in the next round. He would also help with the club’s home grown quota, too.

Vardy is out of contract at the end of the season, but after Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri reiterated his desire to keep him at the King Power stadium, The Blues may be forced to pay a higher premium in order to prize him away.

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