Hoffenheim signs Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas from Napoli
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Hoffenheim has signed Chile forward Eduardo Vargas from Napoli to compensate for the departure of Roberto Firmino to Liverpool.
The 25-year-old Vargas signed a deal until June 30, 2019, the Bundesliga club announced Monday.
Vargas helped Chile win the Copa America on home soil in June by finishing as the tournament's joint top-scorer with four goals. He was named in the team of the tournament.
"Eduardo's outstanding performances at the Copa America naturally captured attention among other clubs across Europe," Hoffenheim director of football Alexander Rosen said. "So we're happy he decided for Hoffenheim and that we can integrate a flexible, technically strong and robust player up front."
Vargas will be expected to fill the gap left by Brazilian attacking midfielder Firmino, who scored 38 goals and set up 28 more in 140 Bundesliga games for Hoffenheim.
After arriving from Universidad de Chile in January 2011, Vargas failed to establish himself in two half-seasons at Napoli. He went on to play loan spells at Brazilian side Gremio, Spanish club Valencia and then last season at Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.
"I'm not only looking forward to the fans, the stadiums and the atmosphere in Germany, but above all the chance to show my aggressive and offensive game in one of the best leagues in the world," Vargas was quoted as saying by the Hoffenheim website.
He added that he was confident he could "develop myself further in a team whose way of playing is familiar to me from the Chile national team and therefore suits me."
Vargas has scored 22 goals in 48 appearances for Chile.