Young forward picks Gremio over the Gunners.
Arsenal have suffered another setback in the January transfer window with the news that Napoli forward Eduardo Vargas has opted to join Brazilian outfit Gremio on loan, says talkSPORT.
It had been reported that the North Londoners were interested in bringing Vargas’s team-mate Edinson Cavani to the Emirates this month, however, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has since poured cold water on that speculation, insisting that the Uruguay international’s prohibitive £30 million plus price tag places the player out of the club’s financial reach.
“I like him as a player,” Wenger said of Cavani. “Will he cost a lot of money? That’s for sure. Nobody would deny that. Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player.
“We can spend the money that we have decided to spend if it is for a player we think gives us a plus. But I do not want to speak about Cavani because we have not made an inquiry for him.
“You speak about Cavani … Napoli are playing for the championship and the Champions League [places] in Italy. What is the interest of Napoli to sell Cavani? None. Unless you come there and say, ‘OK, we pay twice the price of what the player is worth’.”
All of which suggested that the Gunners would instead opt to move for Cavani’s cheaper team-mate, Vargas, who has drawn similar attention of late from big-name clubs across the Continent.
However, those hopes have now ended following the confirmation that the 23-year-old Chile international has opted to join Gremio on a year-long loan instead.
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