Arsenal's January target set for £5m transfer - can Wenger hijack the bid?

Mirko Vucinic

Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic - who looked set for Arsenal in January - is nearing a £5m move to Abu Dhabi with Al Jazira.

Montenegrin international Vucinic, 30, has enjoyed a fruitful career in Italy, hitting 102 goals in 324 games there, during spells with Lecce, Roma and his current club Juventus. Yet having slipped behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order in Turin, there has been plenty of speculation that Vucinic would leave Antonio Conte's side.

That was no more fervent than when it seemed that Vucinic was set to sign for Arsenal in the January transfer window, only for the deal to fall through on deadline day. Since then, Vucinic has barely featured, and it seems that now he finally knows that he must leave Juventus in order to play.

Yet his destination could surprise many, with reports in Italy suggesting that Vucinic is now on the verge of signing a deal with Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi after a £5m fee was agreed with Juventus. The experienced forward may be looking for a big pay day, but he's far from entering his twilight years, so could Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger return to try and hijack the deal?

The Gunners are in the same situation that they were in January - desperately needing some attacking help. Frenchman Olivier Giroud struggled at times last season, whilst Yaya Sanogo is still incredibly raw and Nicklas Bendtner has the left the club upon the expiration of his contract.

For just £5m, Vucinic would offer experienced depth for Arsenal in attack, and his versatility to play out wide, down the middle or behind the striker would be incredibly valuable to an Arsenal side who struggled when Bendtner or Sanogo were called upon.

They could offer Vucinic one last chance at Champions League football, rather than head off to Abu Dhabi and possibly sign off his career in Europe on a dull note. There may not be much time left to hijack the bid, but if there is even the smallest of possibilities that it can be done, then Wenger should do it.

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