Jamie Vardy to Arsenal & Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United: The Numbers & The Analysis
So It’s now just a matter of time before Jamie Vardy completes his reported £20m move to Arsenal whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nearing a deal to sign a short-term deal to move to Old Trafford, two seemingly solid moves by two sides keen to make in-roads in their efforts to secure major silverware next season.
Both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are crying out for prolific marksman to lead their respective lines so did both sides secure good deals? Are their ‘problem-areas’ sufficiently addressed? Let’s take a closer look.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City to Arsenal)
On the face of it this is a good move. £20m in today’s market isn’t a massive sum and the Foxes forward was obviously a massive hit in 2015/16. The 29-year-old’s tally of 24 Premier League goals played a huge part in his side’s shock title triumph.
The speedy forward has come up through the leagues, playing non-league football just four years ago, and is clearly in the form of his life. However there must be serious doubts that Vardy can come close to replicating the form of last term.
Vardy’s pace will suit Arsenal’s style of play but one wonders if the England international will force Olivier Giroud out of the starting eleven or whether the striker is on board to beef up Wenger’s overall options.
There is talk also that Vardy will command a wage of as much as £150k a week, bringing him on par with top-earner Mesut Ozil, and as such this deal could well prove a big risk.
Vardy is a late-comer to top tier football and as such Wenger may hope for a similar impact to that made by a certain Ian Wright, who joined Arsenal via Crystal Palace having himself also plied his trade in non-league football.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free Agent to Manchester United)
Louis van Gaal was continually derided for playing a very conservative style of football and to be fair to the Dutch manager this was down chiefly to a lack of a prolific forward to provide a real cutting edge up front.
Anthony Martial matured over the course of the last campaign but was perhaps most effective when out in a wide role and cutting inside. Teenager Marcus Rashford is very much a work in progress and as such the imminent arrival of a superstar forward like Ibrahimovic could prove a perfect short-term solution, offering these youngsters a great role model.
The 34-year-old will demand £220k a week but as the deal is said to only be a one year contract, and the player will cost nothing, and as such this is a short-term risk.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved a massive success over the course of his four years in Paris, scoring 156 goals in 180 appearances, and the Swedish international is certainly suited to the overly physical confines of the Premier League.
Though clearly no spring chicken, Zlatan has been fortunate in terms of serious injuries and as such still has the stamina to see out a season in the English top tier, maybe two and his relationship with Jose Mourinho is another great reason that this deal could prove very successful indeed.
On the face of it both deals are decent ones but neither can be considered long-term solutions. Many will see such moves as calculated risks that could pay off.
In terms of Man United’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic much could depend on how the hugely experienced forward fits into the dressing room. The controversial goal-machine does have a tendency to rub some up the wrong way and there may be a case of two big figures, Zlatan and Jose Mourinho, overpowering the squad.
With Vardy a lot will depend on how swiftly the former Fleetwood Town man gets into the swing of things in North London. Having had a great season the speedster will have to deal with high expectations as well as having to get used to life at a truly huge club.
Watch this space.