There are strong rumours coming out of Italy that Arsenal are in talks with Juventus regarding Montenegrin Striker Mirko Vucinic.
However, our friends over at talksport.co.uk are reporting that the talks have hit a major stumbling block and the deal is now said to be hanging in the balance.
It seems that Arsenal are only seeking a loan deal for Vucinic, while Juventus want to shift him off their books on a permanent basis.
Vucinic, who turned 30 last October, finds himself out in the cold, as coach Antonio Conte prefers to use either Carlos Tevez or Fernando Llorente up front and has started just 8 Seria A games this season, scoring 2 goals. Vucinic is far too good a player to be left warming the bench and now wants a move, because at 30 he needs to be playing on a regular basis.
When question on the reported interest after Saturday’s win over Fulham, Wenger reportedly said:
[on rumours of a deal for Vucinic]
We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic.
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[on rumours of a meeting with his agent] Some people have visual capacities that I don’t have!
[on transfer plans] We are not on any special case. I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but i don’t have the possibility to do it.
Juventus signed Vucinic from AS Roma in 2011 for a fee in the region of €15m and is believed to earn around €55,000 a week, which is a bit less than Arsenal pay Nicklas Bendtner.
His goal to games stats are quite good and since turning professional and moving to Italy in 2000 he played 111 games for Lecce scoring 34 goals, 147 games for Roma scoring 46 goals, 71 games for Juventus scoring 21 goals and in 44 international games for Montenegro has scored 17 goals.
Vucinic can slot into any role in attack, but is often deployed as a left or right winger, centre-forward or as a deep lying striker. He is noted for his creativity, dribbling, his footballing intelligence and the ability to score long range goals from both feet, something that might be helpful considering Arsenal’s wasteful misuse of Free Kicks and at 6 ft 1in is an imposing aerial threat. The only downside I can see is that he has played in the CL this term for Juventus and would therefore be ineligible to play for Arsenal.
Juventus are seeking a fee in the region of £8m and while that may seem expensive for a 30-year-old, it is dwarfed by the £24m Man Utd paid Arsenal for Van Persie who was approaching 30 at his time of transfer, plus Vucinic doesn’t have RVP’s horrendous injury history.
Vucinic may be in the twilight of his career, but with the way that modern footballers look after themselves, especially if they’ve been relatively injury free, they can play on to 34 -35 easily. Just look at Paul Scoles and Ryan Giggs and our own little flyer TR7.
I think that £8m invested in a utility player and proven goal scorer on perhaps a 3 year contract to bring him up to 33 represents good value. So go on Arsenal – stop messing around and sign him up.
What are your thoughts Gooners?