Arsenal linked with £1 million loan signing

Arsenal have been linked with a £1 million loan deal for Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas.

Arsene Wenger has said he is ready to search the transfer market for some additional strength to place in his squad. The links coming from the Italian press suggest that Arsenal have been in touch with Napoli over Eduardo Vargas.

The 23-year-old Chilean has failed to settle at the club and the news could also be a double edged sword for Arsenal and the strongest hint yet that Theo Walcott will not sign a new contract with the North London club.

Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer up to and around the £1 million mark to force through the loan deal as they look to consolidate and challenge on all fronts over the remainder of the season.

Vargas would undoubtedly be a positive signing for Arsenal as a player with tremendous international experience despite his young age. He is also the sort of player who suits the Arsene Wenger football philosophy.

Vargas can play on the shoulder of the opposition defence ready to chase balls played into space or he is good enough to play just behind another main striker, receiving the ball to feel and getting involved in all of the link up play.

The stumbling block to this possible move is Wenger’s transfer history because he rarely takes players on loan at Arsenal and his reluctance to spend money over the last few years casts doubt over the possibility of him spending to secure a loan deal.

It is much more likely that, if the reports and links are true, that Wenger would engineer a more permanent bid for Vargas which would be substantially higher than £1 million.

However, as Vargas joined Napoli last summer, it’s highly unlikely that the Italian club will be looking to move him on so soon after the transfer meaning they may only be open to the possibility of a six month loan deal.

One thing is for sure, Wenger is on the look out for more attacking support. He recently dismissed the chance of Theirry Henry coming back to the club for another loan spell and he will want that security in place should Walcott decide to leave the club.

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