Eduardo Vargas has told his family he is joining Arsenal and that he will complete a loan switch to Emirates Stadium inside the next 72 hours.
That is according to a report from Chilean publication La Tercera, who claim that Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has decided to let the 24-year-old leave the San Paolo this summer and that the Gunners will take him on for a season.
Reports this weekend suggested that Arsenal would have to fight off Valencia in the race to sign Vargas – the Spanish club took him on loan last season – but it now looks as though that tussle has been won.
World Cup star
Vargas was one of the more impressive performers for a terrific Chile side at the World Cup in Brazil and Wenger has already snapped up the star of that team. Alexis Sanchez was purchased from Barcelona last month in a deal that was worth as much as £32million.
Signing his international teammate could help Sanchez to settle into life in London, while also adding more pace and depth to the Gunners’ forward ranks. The report claims he made it clear to family members that a temporary move to Arsenal would be completed next week.
Vargas has been on loan for much of the past season after failing to hold down a regular place in the Napoli side after his transfer there in 2011. He spent time at Brazilian club Gremio before making the switch to Valencia, where seemed to recover some of his best form.
Arsenal signing him could mean another member of the attacking ranks is set to leave before the summer transfer window closes. Wenger claims Joel Campbell is part of his plans, but a fourth season on loan since the Gunners signed him would not be a huge surprise.
Farewell to a favourite?
Lukas Podolski is a firm favourite among fans and in the dressing room, but there have been reports claiming he may be allowed to leave this summer. Podolski, who has just returned to training following tasting World Cup glory with Germany in Brazil, has a terrific goals to minutes played record, but questions have been raised by his contribution to the team in general play.