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The Montenegro international has rejected the opportunity to move to Russia as he prefers a prolonged stay in Serie A, with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham previously linked

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By Romeo Agresti

Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic has turned down the chance to join Zenit St Petersburg as he remains hopeful of making a move to Inter this week.

The Montenegro international is keen to leave Juve in order to get regular first-team action and appeared to be on his way to Inter last week as part of a player-exchange deal involving Fredy Guarin.

However, the move eventually fell through after Inter president Erick Thohir pulled the plug on the deal following fan protests.

Vucinic has since been linked with a host of clubs - including Arsenal, Tottenham and Monaco - but only Zenit have made a serious attempt to lure the 30-year-old away from Turin.

The striker is not interested in a transfer to the Russian giants, though, as Inter remain his first choice.

The Giuseppe Meazza side have scored just once in their past five official games and are desperate to add some more firepower to their squad.

Thohir travelled to Italy at the weekend to oversee the club's activity in the market and the Inter owner's arrival could reignite a potential move for Vucinic.

The relationship between Inter and Juventus is at its lowest point since Calciopoli following the collapse of the Guarin-Vucinic deal, but Thohir seems eager to repair the damage and Vucinic remains an option, with the winter transfer window closing on Friday.

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