Arsenal FC to meet Mirko Vucinic’s agent as talks of his transfer to the Emirates heats up, Arsene Wenger though has denied all these reports.
Arsenal have been linked with a lot of strikers in this window as reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is keen to add more depth upfront. Olivier Giroud has had to shoulder most of the responsibility upfront, and now with Walcott ruled out for the rest of the season along with fitness concerns for Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo, the Gunners will have to add another forward in this window to sustain their title challenge.
Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic is one of the names which has been linked with a move to the Emirates in this window. The Montenegrin striker has been an important part of the Juventus squad since joining them in 2011 from AS Roma and was been a regular starter in the side in the last two title winning campaign. But this season after the arrival of Tevez and Llorente, the 30-year-old’s role in the side has been abbreviated to a great extent.
Vucinic has made only four starts in the league this season and reports suggest that he is looking to leave Turin in search of regular first team action. Arsenal are interested in signing the striker on loan till the end of the season as Arsene Wenger sees him as a short term solution and an able back-up for Giroud, but Juventus are reportedly interested in agreeing a permanent deal only. The Italian club wants £8.2 million for the former Roma striker as they look to invest that on PSG’s Jeremy Menez.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Arsenal are set to meet with Vucinic’s agent at London tomorrow in order to discuss details of this move, while the club’s negotiator Dick Law has already held talks with Juventus. Vucinic will bring a lot of experience with his arrival, but he has never been a prolific goal scorer during his career. Like Giroud, he works hard, is good in hold-up play and can drop deep to help in building up attack. But his statistics of just 21 goals in his last 71 league matches for Juventus tells a story of its own.
Arsene Wenger though has denied this reports linking Vucinic to the London club, although his denial of any transfer rumour is supposed to be taken with a pinch of salt.
“We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic,” he said.
“Some people have visual capacities that I don’t have.
“We are not on any special case.
“I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don’t have the possibility to do it.” – The Arsenal manager said.