Striker who rejected Arsenal in January makes €6.3m Abu Dhabi switch

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic has joined Al-Jazira Club of the United Arab Emirates.

In January Arsenal were looking into the prospect of signing a new striker to add competition and support to Olivier Giroud as the only frontline striker in the Arsenal squad.

With Nicklas Bendtner injured and Yaya Sanogo inexperienced Arsene Wenger finally submitted to the fact the club needed a new striker, after failing to sign Luis Suarez or Gonzalo Higuain in the previous summer.

And in Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic he felt he had found his man.

The experienced striker was the subject of a loan bid from Arsenal toward the end of the January transfer window and the Bianconeri were more than willing to allow the 30-year-old a chance to impress on loan.

However, the player decided to reject a move to North London.

In a surprising move his agent confirmed that he would remain at Juventus for the rest of the 2013-14 season at least. Alessandro Lucci said at the time:

"There is no chance that Vucinic will join Arsenal now. He has decided to remain with Juventus."

But his first-team football opportunities have now dried up in Turin and after his sending off in the Europa League against Benfica his Juventus career is over.

Now Vucinic is getting his move, he confirmed the deal himself yesterday - but not to a Champions League team. Not even a team in Europe. Instead he has joined United Arab Emirates side Al-Jazira:


The deal is believed to be worth €6.3 million and will allow the Abu Dhabi club to sell Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo.

The club have now confirmed the deal, Juventus stating:

Juventus Football Club can confirm that Mirko Vucinic has ended his three-year stay in Turin after a fee of €6.3 million was agreed for the striker's permanent transfer to Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira.

On the one hand you could say that Vucinic has blown his chance of a shot at Premier League football. An impressive loan spell and Arsenal might have made the move permanent this summer.

But on the other, living in luxury and being the star player in a team set in a boiling hot paradise - doesn't sound too bad now does it.

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