Aston Villa are in pole position to land Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas, though the Villains will have to fight off competition from Juventus for the Peruvian’s signature. Tuttomercattoweb.com claims that a bid of around £13m has already been placed,
Just yesterday, Vargas sealed Peru’s place in the Copa America final with a fantastic strike in the second half of extra-time to give his team a 2-0 victory over well-favoured Columbia. Peru will now move on to compete against Uruguay.
The goal was just the latest in a growing list of great goals the midfielder has scored. Starting out his career as a left-back, Vargas’ long-range shooting ability led him to be push further forward into a midfield role.
Coupled with his outstanding crossing ability, Vargas represents the perfect replacement for Stewart Downing who joined Liverpool this week. Vargas too is fond of dribbling and will provide excellent service for Darren Bent.
Rumours in Italy had suggested that Liverpool were to bid for the Peruvian but Downing’s arrival signals the end of any interest from the Anfield. Juventus however do pose a serious threat to Villa’s hopes. After reports of a £45m bid for Tevez, Fiorentina will be confident of receiving an inflated fee from their Serie A rivals, if their interest is indeed serious.
Having played in Serie A for five years now, it is possible that Vargas would fancy a move to the Premiership. With Liverpool out of the picture, it seems his best hopes rest with Villa.
Charles N’Zogbia’s alleged preference for a move to Everton to avoid relocating his family who are settled in the North West area, represents an obstacle in that transfer. It seems new boss Alex McLeish will have to look elsewhere, and Vargas is at the top of that list.