Vucinic to Inter reportedly off – Do Arsenal now swoop in?

Arsenal linked striker Mirko Vucinic’s proposed move to Inter has collapsed.

According to Italian reports, the proposed exchange of Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic and Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin has collapsed due to apparent resentment from the Inter Milan supporters.

Indonesian president Thohir met in an office in Piazza Cairoli along with sporting director Piero Aid, general manager Marco Fassone and Juventus pair CEO Moratta and sporting director Fabio Guild to discuss the deal.

However, the Indonesian president pulled the plug on the deal when hearing of a potential backlash from his own fans. The discontent was expressed on Twitter, from fans who felt the deal to swap Guarin and Vucinic was not a good one for Inter.

The Mail has linked Arsenal with a move for the Juventus striker over the past week as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options. It had been reported that the Gunners only wanted to take the striker on loan, however Juventus were trying to force through a £10m sale

Rumours were spreading that the 30-year-old’s agent Alessandro Lucci was ready to fly to London this week to get in touch with the Gunners over a possible move for his client. Yet, it all seemed a bit far-fetched as the Montenegro international was also linked to a big, top of the table exchange in Serie A, regarding Chelsea linked midfielder Fredy Guarin

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been in the market for a striker since current Gunners Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner were ruled out through injury. Attentions had turned to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – though that deal now seems like a dead-end. Links to Schalke’s Julian Daxler and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa were apparent, but both would require big money to prise the stars away.

It was then the Juventus striker Vucinic who appeared in the spotlight, however Arsene Wenger seemed to play down the speculation, adding:

‘We are looking at potential possibilities to get someone in but we are not especially interested in Vucinic,’ he said.

‘I would love to announce to you something that would excite you but I don’t have the opportunity to do so.’

Following the news that Vucinic is now available and Juventus are willing to let him go, perhaps Wenger will realise what a potential short-term coup this signing could be and bring the striker to the Emirates.


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