Juventus managing director Beppe Marotta has confirmed that the Italian club will agree to sell Arsenal target Mirko Vucinic if the player decides he wants to leave.
The Montenegrin striker has struggled to get in to the side at the Juventus Stadium this season, falling behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order and has started just four games in Serie A so far this season.
When questioned on interest from the Gunners, Juventus managing director Beppe Marotta said that he’d let Vucinic leave the club if the player wanted to exit. He said:
Even here, we have always said, it’s for the players to decide their fate.
So, if one of them were to come to us and say they want to leave because they have little opportunity, we will try to grant their request, of course, consistent with the requests coming in, because if you do not have the requests, obviously, you cannot please them. This applies to all players.
Earlier this week, a few reports suggested that representatives from the Emirates met with the player’s agent at an airport in Milan to discuss a transfer and reports today say another meeting will take place on Monday in London. Although Arsenal are not reported to have approached Juventus about the player yet, a second meeting with the agent would suggest the player is certainly interested.
Vucinic is versatile and can play as an out and out striker as well as a winger.
He isn’t necessarily a prolific goalscorer but will provide and set up goals.
Arsenal are looking for a new striker following the injury to Theo Walcott, who will miss the rest of the season with injury and although Wenger says that his squad is well covered, cover for lone striker Olivier Giroud is essential as Bendtner is also absent with injury problems.
A loan deal for him would suit Arsenal more than the permanent one as the availability of top striker targets this January is questionable, and with the World Cup coming up, most of them would be reluctant to move to a new club. Vucinic would be more than willing to jump the ship as he would be looking to get regular games under his belt and signing him will also give the Gunners some much needed striking back up.
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