Eduardo Vargas will prove to be one of many players to use this summer’s World Cup in Brazil as a means to secure a positive move away from their current club.
That’s not to say the Chilean international has struggled for a respectable platform in recent years. Currently on the books of Napoli, Vargas spent the second half of last season on loan at Valencia. This summer, he’s been linked with a host of clubs in the Premier League.
It’s been suggested that Arsenal will be in the market for one more forward before the transfer deadline, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa and PSG’s Edinson Cavani both linked. At the start of this week, at was reported that Arsenal were close to landing Vargas, with Napoli seeking either €12 million or a loan deal.
But that looks to have hit the rocks – and that’s assuming Arsenal even held any strong interest. The frontrunner for Vargas’ signature is now said to be QPR, who will see the Chilean arrive on loan.
A blow for Arsenal? Well not really. It isn’t really clear where Vargas would fit in at the Emirates. He’s a tricky wide player who is able to play across the front four, but Arsenal aren’t really struggling for numbers. Vargas certainly doesn’t offer Arsene Wenger an upgrade over what he currently has.
If there was to be any weight in this rumour, it would have been because Theo Walcott had come across complications in his bid to return to full fitness following his injury suffered in January, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The other could be that Alexis Sanchez has made a recommendation on his countryman. There are a few Chilean internationals who would be warmly welcomed at the Emirates, but Vargas isn’t one of them, despite his impressive performances at the World Cup and during Jorge Sampaoli’s spell as national team coach.
Vargas’ inconsistency at club level has been a major factor in discouraging big clubs around Europe from making a move. He’s yet to settle down in European football, with his best form coming at international level. Of course, it could be said that here is a player with experience at the highest level and with obvious talent, needing simply a manager who can unlock that talent on a permanent basis. Arsenal, however, have no pressing need for a project of that kind.
There are still plenty of fans who want to see Arsene Wenger invest in one more forward. Olivier Giroud still has his detractors, and some simply can’t accept the notion that Alexis can be used through the middle. In addition, Theo Walcott will come back and add even more depth in attack.
Unless Arsenal are bringing in a player better than what they have, or unless one of the first-team regulars are moved on, it’s likely Wenger will go with what he has. Having spent over £30 million on Alexis, it just isn’t in the manager’s nature to spend equally as much or even more on another striker.