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Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Keen on Fiorentina Ace Juan Vargas

BRESCIA, ITALY - MAY 22:  Juan Manuel Vargas of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Brescia Calcio and ACF Fiorentina at Mario Rigamonti Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Brescia, Italy.  (Photo by Massimo Paolone / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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Robin SAnalyst IAugust 30, 2011

Skysports understands Arsenal are preparing a late bid for Fiorentina wide player Juan Manuel Vargas.

Arsenal have kick-started a late spending spree, as the club has already annouced the signing of Park Chu Young from AS Monaco and are also on the verge of signing Andre Santos from Fenerbahce and Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen.

Reports from Germany indicate that Arsenal's £20 million-plus bid for prodigious talent Mario Goetze has been turned down by Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal have also lined up Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun as a last-ditch signing if they fail in their attempt to sign their first-choice midfield targets.

Yohan M'Vila could also arrive on the deadline day if Arsenal step up their interest in the exceptionally talented French defensive midfielder.

The latest bit of news is from Florence, and could be a deadline day signing if Arsenal step up their interest with a bid for Vargas.

The Peruvian is a brilliant left-sided player and could be signed for around £15 million. At 27, he would offer experience and could be an ideal replacement for Samir Nasri on the wings, especially on the left flank. He can also play at left back.

Earlier in the transfer window, I had covered Vargas in detail as a replacement for exit-bound Gael Clichy.

Surprisingly, on the deadline day, he may well become an Arsenal player under different circumstances.

Arsenal are desperate for new players, and Lille's hard stance over Eden Hazard may force Wenger to bid for the talented Peruvian.

This would be a quality signing. Watch this space; this rumour certainly has legs.

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