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Eduardo Vargas not close to joining Arsenal

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Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas is not close to joining Arsenal on a season-long loan, despite reports in Chile suggesting otherwise.

The Chilean international had been linked with a move away from Serie A due to lack of first-team football under Rafael Benitez, but reports in Italy have now claimed that Arsenal are not in the running to sign the 24-year-old.

Vargas, who struggled to break into the Napoli starting XI last season, spent the second half of the campaign away on loan in Spain with Valencia, and there were initial reports that he would be leaving Naples once again on a loan-move, but it won't be to Arsenal.

Premier League bound?

However, there is still a chance that the striker will be leaving Napoli for the Premier League, with Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland both keeping tabs on the Chilean.

Both Premier League outfits are on the look-out for a new striker, and despite it being unknown whether they want a loan move or a permanent one, a deal could potential be in the pipeline with Benitez open to offers.

Fight

Napoli have Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon fighting for first-team opportunities at the club, which has left Vargas on the fringes at the club, and he is now ready to complete a move away in order to resurrect his career.

With both Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland worried about the possibility of their star-strikers leaving the club this Summer, they are keen on finding suitable replacements, and Vargas is on both of their lists.

Replacement

QPR could end up losing Loic Remy, who was set to join Liverpool before he failed his medical at the Merseyside club, and Sunderland could lose Connor Wickham, who kept them up last season by scoring several goals in their last few games.

As for Arsenal, they are believed to be in the market for a striker in order to take the work-load off of Olivier Giroud, but it's not likely to be Vargas from Napoli, despite him being good friends with Alexis Sanchez, who The Gunners signed from FC Barcelona earlier on in the Summer.

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