Napoli’s Chilean international striker Eduardo Vargas is reportedly set to join La Liga side Valencia.
The Chilean international moved to Napoli in January 2012 from Chilean side Universidad de Chile for a reported fee of £11.5million. Yet, despite early promise at the club including a memorable hat-trick in The Europa League, the 24-year-old endured a frustrating time during the 12 months that followed.
After making just a handful of Serie A appearances, the future of Vargas became insecure and the striker was deemed surplus to requirements. The Daily Mail reported that in January 2013 the Valencia target was offered to the current Premier League leaders Arsenal, yet Arsene Wenger at the time wasn’t on the lookout for a new striker and declined the opportunity – with the striker returning to South America with Brazilian side Gremio instead.
With Arsenal are in the hunt for some new faces upfront, the Eduardo Vargas sail seems to have completely passed by as his agent Cristian Ogalde spoke of the upcoming deal, adding:
“Eduardo already has an agreement with Valencia, what lacks now is just the closing operation between the two clubs.”
Valencia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi is a keen admirer of the Chilean international, having managed at one of the striker’s ex-club’s rivals Universidad Catolica. The deal set is thought to be a loan offer until the 30th June 2014, with Napoli receiving an initial payment of around €600,000.
Eduardo Vargas’s record whilst on loan at Gremio would suggest that Arsene Wenger made the right call by rejecting the opportunity to take the Chilean on loan. Nevertheless, a talented striker such as Vargas who has yet to make an impact in Europe could seriously help the Gunners in their current situation – even if it was to simply provide Olivier Giroud with some much-needed competition.
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