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Arsenal in talks with Napoli over Eduardo Vargas signing

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Arsenal have entered talks with Napoli over a surprise deal for Eduardo Vargas, the Chilean striker formerly on loan at recently relegated Queens Park Rangers.

TalkSPORT cites a report from Sportmediaset that suggests Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the 25-year-old's showing at this summer's Copa America and is keen to add the diminutive attacker to his ranks at the Emirates Stadium.

With an asking price of around £11 million the typically frugal Frenchman is seriously considering an offer for Vargas despite his struggles at Loftus Road last term.

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Alexis Sanchez has allegedly given the thumbs up to recruiting his international team-mate, who has failed to ever really establish himself at Stadio San Paolo since arriving from Universidad de Chile in the summer of 2011, but has netted four goals in this summer's South American tournament in his homeland.

Vargas has been loaned out on three separate occasions by the Serie 'A' outfit, but could now finally depart Italy permanently if he joins the Premier League giants in a country and competition that he knows relatively well.

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"Every year, at this time, everyone asks about Vargas," claimed agent Cristian Ogalde - who represents Vargas - in a recent interview with Italian radio station Radio Kiss Kiss.

"Vargas is a Napoli player and he wants to play. He wants to be happy and to be given the space that his level of performance deserves.

"That said, it's too early to say where he'll play next season. Everything depends on the conversation we'll have with Napoli."

Fresh from the £10.9 million capture of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, Wenger has set about building a side genuinely capable of challenging for the domestic crown in 2015/16, and clearly feels that the South American will be another useful attacking option to call upon.

Of course, many supporters will argue that he should be focusing more on strengthening in defence with a holding midfielder or another centre-back to rival Per Mertesacker or Francis Coquelin.

The former Charlton Athletic loanee has enjoyed a rapid rise to first-team prominence since filling in for injured captain Mikel Arteta at the start of 2015, but some still question whether he has what it takes to make that position his own in the long-term.

A move for Vargas would suggest that Wenger is convinced his compatriot can cement himself in the Arsenal starting XI, but is the Chilean really going to add much more to a squad that's already blessed with an array of talent in that area of the pitch?

Arsenal fans: Do you think Eduardo Vargas would be a useful acquisition at the Emirates this summer? Or should Arsene Wenger drop his alleged interest in the Napoli marksman? Have your say in the comment box below...

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