UPDATED: Huge Serie A swap deal set to scupper Arsenal and Man Utd
Arguably the biggest deal of the summer so far is set to play out in Serie A in the coming hours, with Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic and Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin on the verge of an impressive swap deal, completely removing both Man Utd and Arsenal from the equation with one fell swoop.
Arsenal had shown a strong interest in procuring Vucinic, with Wenger looking to snap up further attacking talent this January. The Montenegrin’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, was due in London on Monday for talks with Gunners officials over a potential deal.
But Wenger’s preference for a short-term loan deal was rejected by Juve, with the entire deal now trumped by the Guarin swap proposal.
United boss David Moyes was believed to have targeted Guarin, with the midfield an area of real concern to the struggling Scot.
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But both Premier League sides are set to be frustrated, with the two players set to complete a dramatic swap deal in the coming hours; a deal that has has been a metaphorical roller-coaster, and at one point looked like imploding.
It is turning out to be an absolutely fascinating saga, with the deal looking dead in the water only a few hours ago, with Inter Milan fans vociferously opposing the deal, and inundating the club’s official Twitter feed with their pleas to see the deal scrapped.
JUST IN: INTER STOPPED GUARIN-VUCINIC DEAL AFTER FANS REACTION!
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 20, 2014
The news of an end to negotiations was widely reported, despite both players having cleared out their respective lockers and leaving for medicals.
Inter fan group ‘Curva Nord Milano’ released a statement concerning their views on the deal,
“What kind of club policy is it to weaken an already limited squad in order to strengthen a rival?” read the statement (via TuttoSport),
Guarin to Juve is not acceptable. A younger and technically gifted player for an older player? This leaves us all puzzled …”
According to an unconfirmed report, the Colombian Guarin was so incensed on hearing that the move may collapse that he refused to leave the meeting, in a attempt to reignite the deal.
The player seemed set to join Chelsea earlier in the month, but the deal fell through, and now Guarin seems very eager to join up with Serie A leaders Juve.
The 27-year-old did eventually end his standoff last night, but he refused to discuss the situation with the throng of journalists clamoring outside.
But now it seems Guarin will get his wish, as negotiations are proceeding once again, with Twitter now heaving with the latest speculation on the ever-changing deal.
Sportmediaset says the deal has been agreed in principle, with Inter also receiving €1.5-€2m million cash from Juve for the transfer to be settled.
Juventus and Inter again currently on meeting for the swap Vucinic-Guarin
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 21, 2014
La Gazetta Dello Sport had claimed that both players were undergoing medicals, and the latest unconfirmed reports state that Vucinic has passed his exam in Milan.
Dr. Franco Combi, team doctor at Inter, cryptically confirmed that the 30-year-old had indeed passed his medical last night, saying,
“You already know everything …” (via SportMediaSet)
@DenyAdiPrabowo Vucinic took a medical, both players are in Milano and want the move to happen
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) January 20, 2014
Be sure to stay with Soccerlens for the latest info, pictures, and updates on this fascinating potential transfer.
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