Eduardo Vargas (profiled here) has been a name that's been making its rounds this month in connection with Chelsea, with some even reporting that the Blues have made an official bid for the Universidad de Chile winger, who's putting up an eye-popping season with the Santiago-based team. It's not a surprised that Chelsea might want in on Vargas, who's widely tipped as the next star player to come from a country that's already produced Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, but apparently there's been no bid yet and there'll be stiff competition from otherwise if the Blues want him in January.
Has there been an official offer from Chelsea? Their chief scout in South America is Chilean, Jorge Alvial, so it is expected that the best players from his country will be linked with the Blues.
However, we have not received an official offer from London. Maybe they will bid in the future, but to date there is nothing. That is the same for all the European teams.
A valuation of €10 million? I think it could be higher than that, maybe around €12M-14M.
-Agent Mark Griffiths. Source: Mail.
With a player like Vargas, I'd be a little surprised if a team was able to come to any agreement with Universidad before January. He's in demand all over the place, and his team wouldn't be doing their job unless they managed to get a bidding war, even a minor one, going for him. Fortunately, the price Griffiths is quoting for him is still relatively cheap, and he'd be more than affordable if the Blues wanted to make a move. Rest assured that 'no official bid' doesn't mean we're not in the running though.
With Nicolas Anelka already confirmed as departing and Alex almost certainly on the way out too there's plenty of roster space for Chelsea to make an impact signing or two this winter. We'll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.