Arsenal may miss out on Vucinic as Juve line up swap for Chelsea target

Despite rumours suggesting Mirko Vucinic was set for a move to Arsenal, the Montenegrin could now be on his way to Inter Milan.

Reports broke over the weekend that Vucinic's agent would be in North London today to thrash out a deal which would see the out-of-favour Juventus striker head to Arsenal in a loan deal until the end of the season, though the Turin giants are believed to be more interested in selling the 30-year-old.

That minor niggle could cost Arsene Wenger, as Italian press are now suggesting that Vucinic will be on his way to the San Siro, as Inter Milan have opened talks with Juve over a swap deal involving Vucinic and their Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Guarin was of course heavily linked with a move to Chelsea before the transfer window opened, but Jose Mourinho instead chose to sign Serbian Nemanja Matic, leaving Guarin somewhat in the lurch as his future became incredibly murky.

Manchester United had also been linked with a swoop for the former Porto man, but his potential move to Juventus may increase their chances of landing either Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal, with a logjam developing in the Juventus midfield.

That may be a reason for Juventus to turn the deal down as they don't exactly need Guarin, but manager Antonio Conte was close to landing the 27-year-old in January 2012, when he left Portugal for a move to Italy with rivals Inter and the opportunity to sign him at the second attempt may be too good to turn down for Conte - who is only giving up a backup striker in return.

The move would serve as a huge blow to Wenger, whose move for Vucinic looked like the perfect deal. Injuries to Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott have exposed Arsenal's lack of depth up front, and with Vucinic's ability to play out wide or as a central striker, the former Roma and Lecce man seemed like the ideal cover to come in and help Arsenal land their first silverware since 2005.

But unless the Gunners can pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, Vucinic could be staying in Italy for the foreseeable future rather than arriving at the Emirates Stadium - leaving Wenger to contemplate other targets as he ramps up his attempts to take some of the workload off the shoulders of Olivier Giroud.

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