Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Napoli's Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas. According to reports in The Daily Express, the Gunners are set to complete a loan move for Vargas.
Citing a similar report from website forzaitalianfootball.com, the Express claims a permanent switch could be sealed at the end of the current season. Even on a temporary basis, Vargas would be a useful addition for Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger's squad is currently short of skill and flair in forward areas.
The 23-year-old attacker would provide both of these essential qualities. Quick and technically sound, Vargas has the pace to stretch a defense.
He is also versatile enough to operate from wide areas along Arsenal's front three. The Gunners need a more dynamic ball player in these positions.
At the moment they rely on the direct speed of youngsters Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, Walcott appears destined for a more suitable role through the middle.
Over on the left flank, Arsenal have tried to have Lukas Podolski provide natural width. However, the experienced striker is not a true wide attacker. He doesn't have the speed to outpace full-backs and is often a step behind the pace of play.
Vargas is a more suitable option. He offers the touch and creativity to provide superior link up play to both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The South American forward also possesses the speed Podolski lacks.
He has endured a difficult campaign in Serie A and has lost the scoring habit. However, Arsenal's brand of fluid passing football and Wenger's tutelage, should help Vargas produce performances that match his talent level.
If so, this will look like a very smart loan move and the Gunners will have first option on a potential star.