Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has boarded a plane for France ahead of Euro 2016. The 29-year-old striker finds himself in the midst of a transfer tussle between Liverpool, Arsenal and the Foxes.
Arsenal met Vardy's £29m release clause on Friday (3 June) and was thought to be set for a big-money move to the Emirates. However, Liverpool are also interested in his services, while Leicester are apparently willing to offer him a new contract in order to retain their star striker.
It has been widely reported that the Arsenal target would need to decide his future before heading to France with the rest of the England squad, with the pacey forward unlikely to be allowed to leave the team to complete the formalities of a deal. But after flying out to the European Championships, Vardy's future will remain under a cloud.
The Mirror report that England boss Hodgson could have granted him special dispensation to make up his mind. Meanwhile, the Arsenal target is set to begin training with the Three Lions squad in Chantilly, France, on Tuesday (7 June).
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was widely criticised last season for his lack of activity during the summer transfer window, when the Gunners failed to sign a senior outfield player. By contrast, the club have already concluded a deal for Swiss star Granit Xhaka, while Arsenal also remain eager to sign Vardy.