Arsenal's summer is defined by the capture of Alexis Sanchez, but as reports swell around Arsene Wenger's next move in the transfer market, it appears interest in Eduardo Vargas is unlikely to develop into another Chilean signing for the Gunners.
Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio indicates Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers are eyeing Vargas on a loan deal from Napoli, while the trusted source also says Arsenal aren't ready to commit to the player.
"While Vargas' future could be in England, there is no confirmation of the rumours from England linking Vargas to Arsenal," writes David Amoyal, Di Marzio's translator.
Vargas possesses the speed and incision to improve Arsenal's options going forward, but he wouldn't bring anything unique to the side. He would likely limit the chances of Joel Campbell, a player Wenger wants to stay, per The Sun (via Sky Sports).
Campbell deserves his opportunity, and it would be the last straw if Wenger began adding similar stars via loan deals, especially when the manager has more pressing areas to address.
Wenger's need for a powerful defensive midfielder showed itself once again during Arsenal's opening Premier League win over Crystal Palace.
The Gunners appear susceptible against physical opposition in the centre and continue to cry out for an enforcer. Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere all work hard, but none intimidate when faced with opponents who like to impose their weight on the game.
Sami Khedira is the perfect fit for Arsenal. He is reported to be heading to England in order to sit down with representatives from the north London club and Chelsea, per Tom Hopkinson of the Mirror. It is thought Jose Mourinho's presence at Stamford Bridge, plus the Blues' ability to easily pay his wages, make Chelsea favourites to capture the German World Cup winner.
Hopkinson notes Khedira is a "confirmed disciple" of Mourinho, while suggesting Bayern Munich can also be considered in the running to land the player. Javi Martinez's long-term injury may have intensified Bayern's search for a midfielder of Khedira's type.
Khedira shrugged off the injury that plagued his 2013-14 season at the World Cup, where he underlined himself as a key member of Joachim Low's triumphant side. The 27-year-old balances the team's play expertly by shielding his defence, winning balls in the middle and striding forward when a counter-attack is launched.
He does all of this with the kind of authority that is currently missing in Arsenal's centre.
Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports commented on Khedira's potential Premier League suitors, indicating deals could be far off at Arsenal and Chelsea:
Wenger is undoubtedly a couple of world-class signings away from confirming Arsenal's title challenge, but he must sign in the right areas.
Vargas is unneeded at this point—the Gunners crave an out-and-out finisher rather than a versatile attacking type—but a specialised defensive midfielder should be top priority.
Khedira offers the calming presence Arsenal need to deal with their main competitors in the league. It's rare a player of his quality becomes so openly available on the market, meaning Wenger needs to act quickly before someone else signs the hard-working midfielder.
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