Have Arsenal just agreed a deal for Mirko Vucinic?

Mirko Vucinic

According to Tuttosport, Arsenal and Juventus have agreed a deal that would send Mirko Vucinic to north London.

The Montenegrin has been subject to a high-profile transfer saga this January – set to swap clubs opposite Inter’s Fredy Guarin before Nerazzurri president Erick Thohir pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.

Space in the Bianconeri attack has been limited for the veteran forward this term with the arrivals of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, who have solidified a strong partnership under Antonio Conte in Turin.

The 30-year-old appeared set to get his wish of more minutes at San Siro – having already cleared out his locker and bid his Juventus team-mates farewell – until the move’s late collapse.

Meanwhile, Arsenal – in the market for a striker to bolster Arsene Wenger’s thin list of options up front – have been thought to be keenly monitoring the situation with hopes of profiting.

Tuttosport have now contended that the Gunners have reached an agreement with Vucinic’s current employers to take the Montenegro international on loan.

The Italian newspaper claims that only the player’s final approval stands in the way of the transfer’s completion – something he is reportedly inclined to provide.

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta said on Wednesday evening that the €15m July 2011 purchase from AS Roma would be allowed to leave Turin at his personal request.

Marotta also confirmed the Old Lady’s interest in Southampton’s Pablo Osvaldo – who Tuttosport further maintain could land with the Serie A champions should Vucinic indeed depart.

The Italy international’s future at St Mary’s was recently thrown into doubt after he was handed a two-week suspension by the club for a training ground bust-up with team-mate Jose Fonte.

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