Arsene Wenger revealed that Arsenal offered Jamie Vardy "a lot of money" to sign for them in 2016, insisting the Leicester striker would have been a great fit at the club.
After inspiring Leicester to a shock title triumph in 2016, Vardy looked certain to move to Arsenal, who had been Leicester's main title rivals in that season, the following summer.
Such a move never materialised, however, with Vardy putting pen to paper on a new contract at Leicester, where he has remained one of the top goalscorers in each Premier League season. It was not for want of trying, on Wenger's part, at least.
"I offered him a lot of money at the time," Wenger told beIN Sports. "Leicester had just won the championship at the time in 2016, and they absolutely did not want to lose him and offered him a longer contract with approximately the same money if not more."
It was a potential signing that raised plenty of eyebrows at the time, with many feeling Vardy would not fit Arsenal's possession-based style of play.