Napoli outcast Eduardo Vargas is attracting interest from Arsenal and Valencia.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his attack this summer and Chilean international is his preferred candidate. Vargas spent last season on loan at La Liga side Valencia and Los Che are eager to make his signing permanent.
Reports coming from Italy have also confirmed the interest of Arsenal Valencia in signing the striker. Football Italia report claims that: “Napoli outcast Eduardo Vargas is the subject of a bidding war between Arsenal and Valencia. The Chile international impressed at the World Cup, where he played alongside new Gunners signing Alexis Sanchez.”
Arsenal boss Wenger wants another striker as the future of Lukas Podolski looks uncertain at the club and new signing Alexis Sanchez has advised the Frenchman to go for his compatriot Vargas. Napoli is already well stocked in attack as the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Michu, Jose Callejon and Dries Martens are available at the disposal of coach Rafa Benitez.
Napoli are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini this summer and club president Aurelio De Laurentis wants to make some money from the sale of Vargas. Vargas performed well for Chile in the World Cup and Napoli management feels that it is the right time to cash in on the player.
Valencia finished eighth in La Liga last season and new owner Peter Lim has decided to invest more money into the squad in order to finish in top four in the coming season. Vargas spent last season on loan at Valencia where he scored three goals in 17 Liga appearances, plus two in eight Europa League games.
However, despite the interest of Valencia, Arsenal are the favorites for the signature of Vargas as they can offer him Champions League football. Napoli want at least €12 million in cash from the sale of Vargas and Arsenal are ready to match the asking price of South Italians.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said yesterday that he might sign another player in this transfer window and the possible departure of Podolski could open the door for the arrival of Vargas.
Arsene Wenger claimed yesterday that: “We are a bit short. Honestly, we are a bit short in our preparation because we had 11 players at the World Cup and many of them had longer holidays after that. I think this year the final of the World Cup was on 13th July, the start of the Premiership is 16th August, if you want to give some holiday to the players your preparation becomes very short. I think we could have done with one week later for all the competitions, the Champions League and the Premier League.”