Juventus in talks with Inter over Vucinic-Guarin exchange deal

Walter Mazzarri's side are keen to lure the former Roma man away from his current club and could send the Colombian midfielder in the other direction as part of the deal
By Romeo Agresti and Fabrizio Romano

Mirko Vucinic is set to leave Juventus for Inter with Fredy Guarin poised to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal, Goal can confirm.

The Montenegro striker's agent was due in London on Monday morning with the intention of discussing a move to Arsenal, but the Premier League club's insistence on a loan deal, rather than a permanent transfer, forced an about-turn.

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri is keen to add some more firepower to a squad that sits 11 points adrift of a Champions League qualification spot and has identified Vucinic, 30, as a priority transfer target.

The forward is understood to have said goodbye to his team-mates at the Vinovo, the Bianconeri's training ground, ahead of a move to Juve's Serie A rivals.

The Nerazzurri are in advanced talks with the Italian champions and are locked in negotiations over the possibility of Guarin moving to the Turin giants.

Juventus are currently overloaded with midfield options but with the futures of Manchester United target Claudio Marchisio, who was scouted by David Moyes earlier this month, and talismanic France international Paul Pogba far from certain, Guarin has emerged as a shock transfer target.

The Colombia international, 27, is keen to leave Inter after falling out with the club's board of directors and had previously been the subject of interest from Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester United.

Any possibility of Guarin moving to Stamford Bridge collapsed last week, however, following the arrival of Nemnja Matic from Benfica, and the former Porto star now looks likely to complete a move to Juventus.