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Arsenal linked with Eduardo Vargas as Alexis Sanchez begs Wenger to swoop

Published 01/07/2015 | 10:28

Chile's Eduardo Vargas reacts after his team's victory over Peru in their Copa America 2015 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago
Chile's Eduardo Vargas reacts after his team's victory over Peru in their Copa America 2015 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago

Eduardo Vargas has emerged as a shock target for Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez desperately trying to convince Arsene Wenger to sign his Chile team-mate.

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This is the same Vargas who spent last season on loan at QPR from Napoli - and only managed four goals in 21 appearances.

However! The 25-year-old has hit top form for Chile at the Copa America, netting twice against Peru to earn his country a place in the final. And one of the goals was an absolute screamer.

According to The Metro, Arsenal are the main contenders for Vargas's signature, with Sanchez understood to be working hard on Wenger. Vargas is, we are told, likely to cost around £11.3 million.

Meanwhile, The Daily Star claims the Gunners are 'likely' to seal the signing of Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho.

With Petr Cech already on board, The Star believes Wenger is looking into a £19.8 million deal, which should be done and dusted this summer.

Wenger, we are informed, made a 'huge bid' for the Portugal international a month ago, while Manchester United are also keen.

New signing Cech has revealed he could have joined Arsenal in 2002 were it not for complications with his work permit.

Arsenal made Cech their first summer signing for £10 million on Monday, but the goalkeeper could have joined more than a decade ago before eventually ending up at Rennes and Chelsea.

Cech left France for England in 2004 but, after coming close to joining Arsenal, said: "I didn't really miss much but all I've managed to achieve in the past decade, if I can replicate here will be brilliant."

Speaking with the club's official channel, Cech continued: "There was a chance before I went to France that I could sign for Arsenal but I was only 18 or 19 and at that time Czech Republic were not in the European Union.

"You needed a work permit and the conditions were to play 75 per cent of the first-team games for the national team, which at the time was impossible for me to get. In the end I went to France because I couldn't get a work permit."

Arsenal are ready to beat Roma to the signing of Egyptian striker Ramadan Sobhy, reveals The Metro.

The Al Ahly play-maker, who has apparently been dubbed 'the best young player in Africa', will be moving to Europe this summer.

Roma are very keen, but reports say Arsenal are looking to steal a march on the Italian giants.

Sobhy was invited to trial with the Gunners in February but Al Ahly supposedly refused, and Arsenal must now stump up some cash if they want to do business.

Arsenal are also reportedly lining up a double swoop for German brothers Lars and Sven Bender as they turn their attentions away from Arturo Vidal and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin, Wenger is still looking to strengthen his midfield. 

Schneiderlin and Vidal have both been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates, but Arsenal are understood to have cooled their interest, with the Frenchman thought to be moving to Manchester United.

And now, according to The Daily Star, the Gunners are targeting the Benders, who play for Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

And finally, Lukas Podolski has been pictured in Turkey ahead of a reported move to Galatasaray.

The Germany forward, who is currently on £100,000-a-week at the Emirates, is believed to be joining the Turkish Super Lig champions for just £2.1 million.

Podolski has already admitted to reporters: "I have agreed with Galatasaray. I want to leave."

And the recent pictures, captured by TV station Sampiyon Cimbom, would appear to support this claim. Bye bye Poldi.

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