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Jamie Vardy on stunning four-man shortlist of Atletico Madrid’s summer striker targets

Jamie Vardy is reportedly heading up a shortlist of attackers Diego Simeone wants to bring to Atletico Madrid next season

Jamie Vardy and Atletico Madrid. A match made in heaven, no?

We might not have to wait too long to find out, with the Independent linking Vardy with a surprising move to Madrid next season.

Sealed with a slap

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Sealed with a slap

Atletico want to freshen up a strikeforce that, with the expection of Antoine Griezmann, has struggled to ignite this season.

Kevin Gameiro has scored 12 league goals, while Fernando Torres and Angel Correa have only netted six and three times respectively.

Who better to shake things up than the lad from Sheffield who, five years ago, was playing in the Conference for Halifax?

The well trodden path from Halifax to Madrid

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The well trodden path from Halifax to Madrid

The 30-year-old had a slow start to the campaign following last season’s heroics but has recovered to score seven goals in his last 12 games for club and country, including a Champions League equaliser against Atletico.

Vardy’s arrival would be subject to both Diego Simeone staying at the club- something far from certain given Inter’s vacant managerial role- and the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturning a FIFA transfer ban.

He’s not the only Premier League forward Atletico are eyeing up.

Not a man you ever want to annoy

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Not a man you ever want to annoy

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is also a main target as Atletico look to pair Griezmann with someone who can stretch opposition defences.

Like Griezmann, Sanchez is able to play anywhere across the front three, but for the majority of the season he’s played as an out-and-out striker, scoring 20 league goals.

As well as his ability to score and create, Sanchez’s energetic approach- which has been lacking of late- sits well with Simeone’s tactics.

Anyone want to join Atletico?

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Anyone want to join Atletico?

Edinson Cavani is the third name on the list although his exit is dependant on PSG’s summer arrivals, as the Uruguayan is their only experienced striker.

Rounding off the shortlist is Alvaro Morata who spent time in Atletico’s academy before ending up at their arch-rivals via a spell at Getafe.

Vardy, Sanchez, Cavani or Morata? You know what to do, Diego. Mierda de chat, dejarse follar.