Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Better off Passing on Juventus' Mirko Vucinic

Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic, of Montenegro, watches  during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Juventus and AC Milan, at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

Arsenal's need to bring in attacking reserves this winter is great, but it doesn't mean the club should plump for just any available target.

Which is exactly what the Gunners would be doing if they were to make a move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, who recently became one half of a failed player swap deal with Inter.

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On Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 21), Inter president Erick Thohir released a statement (h/t Football Italia) revealing why he decided to pull the plug on a move that would have seen Fredy Guarin move to Turin while Vucinic came to the San Siro.

A passage from the statement reads:

After speaking to my closest aides and exchanging views with Massimo Moratti and his son Angelomario this morning, I decided not to continue negotiations with JuventusI felt it was not possible to reach an agreement on a deal in which the opinions of the two parties differed and which did not offer a clear financial or technical benefit to the club.

As was said in the recent club statement, I have already asked our sporting directors to evaluate other transfer opportunities that will enable us to strengthen the team in line with the financial parameters imposed by Financial Fair Play.

It's unlikely to be of sheer coincidence that the decision to abort the deal came after Inter's Twitter feed had already come under heavy fire once word of the would-be transfer got out.

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However, Inter's "loss" doesn't have to be Arsenal's gain on this occasion, where it would be perfectly acceptable for the Gunners to simply let the opportunity slide past them.

ESPN's James Horncastle writes that the deal was always looking like a bad one from Inter's perspective:

Vucinic has been ousted from Antonio Conte's starting XI this season thanks to the arrivals of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, both of whom have accounted for the majority of minutes up front.

At 30 years of age, the Montenegrin international hardly fits in with the usual model of buying young, and would present little more than an immediate impact at the Emirates Stadium.

As always, the price is a pertinent factor in why such a deal shouldn't go through as well. According to, Inter and Juventus valued both Vucinic and Guarin at €13.5 million.

Up until this summer, that figure is only a short way off Arsenal's previous transfer record, of which Vucinic certainly wouldn't have been worth breaking.

Arsene Wenger is understandably keen to sanction a loan move as opposed to a permanent acquisition, with a view to making a more significant investment in the summer.

According to Transfermarkt, the veteran forward hasn't scored more than 10 Serie A goals in a campaign since the 2009-10 season, and while his work for the Bianconeri has been consistent, it's hardly been dazzling.

Arsenal may have a great desire to provide Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner with backup, but living off the scraps of those at a similar level isn't the route worth taking.

Vucinic's winter arrival would make it that much more difficult to bring in a key attacking figure over the summer, which is worth hanging on for.

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