By FRANCO PANIZO
It's no secret that Arsenal is in need of some reinforcements, and manager Arsene Wenger has already identified one possible target for the winter transfer window.
Wenger is hoping to bring in Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas, the Peruvian international which had been linked with Arsenal during the summer transfer window. Wenger is reportedly prepared to cough up the necessary $15.4 million to acquire Vargas, who would bring some much needed grit to the Gunners.
Arsenal will appear to have competition for Vargas' signature, as Juventus is also interested in signing him to a deal.
Vargas, who can play anywhere along the left side, helped Peru to a surprise third-place finish at this past summer's Copa America.
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The Copa Sudamericana match between Uruguayan club Nacional and Universidad de Chile was called off early in the second half after an assistant referee was hit in the head by a roll of cash register paper thrown from the crowd. The official was knocked to the ground as a result, and receieved treatment before the match was abandoned. This marked the second time this week that a Copa Sudamericana game was called off.
Here's video of the incident:
UEFA TO ASK FIFA TO ERASE AUGUST DATES
The good old club-versus-country debate appears to be on the verge of becoming a main topic again. UEFA is set to ask FIFA to remove the August friendly dates from its international calendar, as the European clubs believe the single-fixture date interrupts preseason preparations. While some international coaches might be opposed to this approach, others will be in favor due to teams typicaly only having 48 hours together to practice.
MANCHESTER UNITED EYEING SCOTTISH YOUNGSTER ALLAN
Manchester United knows a thing or two about young talent, and the starlet the club has most recently been linked with is Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan. Manchester United is reportedly keeping an eye on the 19-year-old, who has made his way into Dundee's rotation this season following strong showings with Scotland's U-21 national team. Allan's deal is set to expire with Dundee at the end of the season.
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