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Chelsea may try to steal Vucinic from Arsenal

Italian newspaper Tuttosport is reporting that Chelsea have attempted to hijack Arsenal's swoop for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

Arsenal have been in talks with Juventus over Mirko Vucinic and were reportedly closing in on a deal but Chelsea seem to have intervened in an attempt to steal him away.

Vucinic is expected to leave Juventus this month in order to find a fresh challenge having become a peripheral figure in Turin.

The Montenegrin international has been unable to displace Carlos Tevez or Fernando Llorente in Antonio Conte's starting 11, but his ability isn't in question.

Tottenham were initially linked with a move for the 30-year-old but Juventus reportedly refused a loan and their price tag was said to be out of Spurs' range.

Arsenal took the lead in the hunt for Vucinic's signature and met with the player's agent Alessandro Lucci but the Gunners were unable to find an arrangement that Juventus would accept.

Lucci is in London again and it had been believed he was there to meet Arsenal officials, but Tuttosport claims that Chelsea could step in.

It appears that Juventus won't consider letting Vucinic leave for anything less than £8.5m and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be willing to offer that.

Inter are said to be tracking Vucinic and could have the advantage of being able to negotiate a co-ownership agreement with Juventus.

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