Vardy played against Atletico in the 2016/17 Champions League quarter-finals

Atletico Madrid are lining up Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to replace the outgoing Antoine Griezmann this summer. 

Griezmann is on the verge of completing a move to Barcelona as the Catalan club are willing to meet his £89million release clause.

Vardy scored against Atletico when the two sides faced each other in the quarter-finals of the 2016/17 Champions League but Diego Simeone’s secured a 2-1 victory on aggregate. 

And Simeone sees the £20million valued Vardy, 31, as the ideal candidate to be Diego Costa’s new striking partner. 

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Boyhood Atletico striker Fernando Torres is a free agent after his contract with the club expired at the end of the season meaning a move to LaLiga for Vardy could well be on.   

The Foxes forward received a call-up for England’s 2018 World Cup squad after scoring 23 goals in the 2017/18 campaign. 

However, the 2015/16 Premier League champions are keen to extend Vardy’s contract with the club and are reportedly willing to up his pay from £100,000-a-week to £140,000-a-week to keep him on. 

Despite sealing the deal for Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira, it’s set to be a long summer for Leicester as they also look set to receive bids for wantaway star Riyad Mahrez as well.