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Five Serie A strikers Arsenal should look at before Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic

Arsenal are being repeatedly linked with Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, but there may be better options in Serie A.

There are frequent reports that Arsenal will sign Juventus marksman Mirko Vucinic in the summer but he may not be the best option in Italy for the Gunners.

Vucinic was linked with Arsenal in the January transfer window but seemed to have agreed to join Inter instead.

The Montenegro international was set to join the Nerazzurri as part of a deal to bring Colombian international Fredy Guarin to Juventus.

A deal was all but done before Inter owner Erick Thohir pulled the plug at the last minute leaving Vucinic in limbo.

Arsenal now could pounce for Vucinic in the summer with reports suggesting they could pay around £8m for him, but is the best man for the job?

Between 2006 and 2011, Vucinic made a name for himself at Roma and had a very creditable strike rate of around a goal every three and a half games and he has posted similar numbers at Juventus.

But Vucinic is Juventus' fourth choice striker and is currently behind Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in the pecking order, so should Arsenal perhaps look at one of these Serie A stars instead?

Ciro Immobile (Torino)

Serie A's top Italian goal scorer with 17 to his name and only one goal fewer than Carlos Tevez this term, Immobile is making a case for a place in Italy's World Cup squad.

Despite his name, Immobile is quick and causes defenders constant problems with his runs. In fact in the past he has been accused of being too active off the ball, sometimes confusing midfielders with his darts into space.

Immobile has long been one to watch and dazzled in Serie B for Pescara, earning a shot at the big time with Genoa and now he is co-owned by Turin rivals Torino and Juventus.

This season has been the big breakthrough with Immobile netting 17 times for perennially mid-table Torino. In the summer, Juventus and Torino will fight for his full rights and his value looks set to rocket, especially in he makes it to Brazil, but at 24 he will surely only get better.

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 

It's safe to say that Berardi will never forget January 12th, 2014. The 19-year-old striker had already been enjoying a hugely impressive season but that day he fired his way into the history books becoming the first player ever to score four goals against AC Milan. 

Like many talented young Italian players, Berardi is co-owned by Juventus but playing for minnows Sassuolo has given him a chance to prove himself with first-team football every week.

Berardi got his break at Sassuolo when he was spotted playing a game of five-a-side at his brother's university and he took full advantage firing the tiny club up from Serie B.

The young talent's main weapon is his pace and his mazy runs which have earned him comparisons to Arjen Robben. Juventus will try and bring him back to base in the summer, but they have a glut of strikers, so the door is open for a big European club to pounce.

Mattia Destro (Roma)

Destro is no stranger to the Arsenal scouts, in fact the Gunners have been linked with the 23-year-old on multiple occasions and for good reason.

Battling back after an injury-plagued period which caused controversy as Roma's doctors and Italy's national medics argued over who was to blame, Destro has formed part of Serie A's second most productive striking duo along with ex-Arsenal flop Gervinho.

Roma will be very reluctant to let Destro go and continue to insist he is going nowhere, especially with Francesco Totti surely nearing the end of his playing career. Destro's value is certain to rise with each week he is fit and firing but he is still a possible target for the time being.

Alberto Paloschi (Chievo)

Something of an outside shot, Alberto Paloschi is quietly becoming a dangerous marksman tucked away at little Chievo Verona.

Paloschi is a product of the AC Milan youth system and is co-owned by the Rossoneri, who may be regretting farming him out, given his success in Verona.

The 24-year-old didn't waste any time announcing himself as he netted for Milan just 17 seconds after coming on as a substitute, but there wasn't space at San Siro, so he was sent to Chievo.

Paloschi has 10 goals this season for a Chievo side battling relegation and is fulfilling the potential that saw him represent his country at Under-17, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level.

At present Paloschi can probably be signed for a low price and could be a great bargain buy.

Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria)

Another Juventus co-owned striker who is currently scoring freely for Sampdoria, 22-year-old Gabbiadini is set for big things.

The brother of one of Italy's prominent women's footballers, Gabbiadini came through the Atalants youth ranks before Juventus pounced and added him to their list of players sent out to other Serie A clubs on a co-ownership basis.

Gabbiadini has 10 goals this season and made his full national debut against England in August 2012, his only cap to date but surely not his last.

Manchester United are said to have sent scouts to watch Gabbiadini, who is a powerful striker who certainly wouldn't struggle to adapt to the Premier League's demands.

If anything Gabbiadini's star has faded somewhat since he was hailed as a teenage sensation, but that talent is started to emerge and the next year could see his value rocket.

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