Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger not interested in Napoli’s Eduardo Vargas - QPR and Sunderland set to pounce

Wenger not interested in signing another Chilean international

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not believed to be interested in taking Napoli forward Eduardo Vargas to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but the Chilean international could yet secure a switch to the Premier League with either Sunderland or Queens Park Rangers.

The FA Cup and Community Shield holders have been linked with a loan move for the Napoli star since the beginning of the transfer window, but Wenger has reportedly cancelled his interest and switched his focus elsewhere.

Reports in Italy, which suggested Vargas was set to travel to London to complete a medical later this week, appear to have been wide off the mark.

The news has alerted Gus Poyet and Harry Redknapp, however, with both managers desperately trying to recruit enough firepower to avoid relegation.

The two top flight clubs have made contact with the Serie A side in recent days over a potential season-long loan deal, with Redknapp also keen to add an option to buy the player next summer.

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Vargas spent the second half of last season on loan with Valencia, where he scored five goals in 25 appearances, before making a name for himself at this summer's World Cup by scoring twice against former champions Spain.

Rangers remain wary of losing Loïc Rémy, after the Frenchman's £8.5m switch to Liverpool fell through, despite the player appearing during the 1-0 opening day defeat to Hull City.


"We need one more striker but if he goes, we’re going to have to find a couple from somewhere, which isn’t easy,” the former Tottenham Hotspur manager said.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Gunners' Champions League qualifier against Beşiktaş, Wenger admitted he is 'desperate' to progress.

"We are desperate to do it because we want to play in the Champions League and we know how big these games are," he said.

"We are desperate to go through. No matter what it costs we want to go through. We always have a difficult draw, we had Fenerbahce last year, this time we have Besiktas, so it is difficult."