Arsenal have been given renewed hope in their pursuit of Mirko Vucinic after Inter Milan pulled the plug on a potential swap deal involving Fredy Guarin, according to reports in Italy.
The Montenegrin striker has struggled to get into the starting line up, falling behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order. He has started just four games in Serie A so far this season.
The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for Vucinic over the weekend and the players agent Alessandro Lucci was reportedly heading to London on Monday to hold talks with Gunners officials over a potential switch. But the proposed move fell through after Inter Milan entered the chase and his agent cancelled his planned trip to England in order to hold talks with the fellow Serie A side on Tuesday.
A deal was agreed and Vucinic seemed set for a move to the San Siro as part of a player swap deal involving Fredy Guarin. However Inter sensationally pulled the plug on the deal at the 11th hour citing technical and economic aspect and confirmed the same on their official website.
FC Internazionale has decided not to proceed in negotiations with Juventus for the transfer of players Fredy Guarin and Mirko Vucinic.
The report states that his agent will now fly to London on Wednesday to resume talks with Arsenal and it further states that Juventus may now be willing to listen to the Gunners proposal of a loan deal having previously insisted they would only consider a permanent move. He was left out of the Juve squad in their defeat to Roma on Tuesday night in order to try and resolve his future.
Despite his age, Vucinic should have plenty of gas in the tank, as he has been the first choice striker for Juventus for 3 seasons before eventually losing his place to Tevez this summer. He has plenty of attributes, including good hold up and link play meaning that he could fill in for Giroud if necessary. He is both creator and finisher, notching 26 goals and 15 assists during his stay with the Italian giants.
He’s got experience at the top level and will provide a good back up to Olivier Giroud up front. However, he isn’t a long term solution, as we should go for a higher caliber player in the summer, but he can definitely be a temporary fix and could help lead the Gunners to some silverware this season
Should we sign Vucinic?