Inches from Inter, wanted by Arsenal - Vucinic nearly has his say

Mirko Vucinic

Only the woodwork prevented Mirko Vucinic from striking a retaliatory blow against Inter, the side he nearly signed with last month.

The winter transfer window was a whirlwind chapter in the Montenegrin’s career – caught in the middle of a triangle between current employers Juventus, Inter and belatedly Arsenal.

Nerazzurri midfielder Fredy Guarin had been thought to be on his way to Chelsea earlier in the month, only for the move to fall through as Nemanja Matic eventually arrived at Stamford Bridge instead.

It was Juventus that then moved for the Colombian – offering Vucinic and cash in exchange – with the swap reportedly finalised and requiring only final approval from Inter president Erick Thohir.

But the Indonesian magnate instead pulled the plug on the deal after the striker had already cleaned out his locker in Turin in anticipation, allegedly due to backlash from fans over the terms.

Arsenal would enter the fray as time wound down towards deadline day – hoping to profit from the situation in the hunt for reinforcements up front – but were brushed aside as the veteran preferred to remain in Italy.

Guarin was nowhere to be found as Juventus and Inter – who publicly traded blows in the aftermath of the collapsed deal – took to the pitch for the Derby d’Italia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Vucinic began the day on the bench for the Bianconeri, looking on as the club he nearly left battered that which he nearly joined – getting his chance to do some damage of his own with a late appearance.

And he nearly piled further misery on Inter, 3-1 down already, cracking a shot off the base of the upright to come within inches of hitting what would’ve been a memorable goal.

Reports had claimed that the Montenegro international remained hopeful of a San Siro switch down to the final moments of the transfer window, in search of regular minutes no longer available with the Old Lady.

Yet one can’t help but think putting a fourth past the Nerazzurri would’ve been a sweet moment for Vucinic – to show Inter exactly what they’re missing.

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