Chelsea join Arsenal in race to sign Juventus striker

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Chelsea have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic, according to Italian publication Tuttosport. reported this morning that the 30-year-old's agent, Alessandro Lucci, is flying to London today to hold talks with the Premier League leaders, who still favour a short-term loan deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eager to strengthen that area of his squad, in a bid to relieve some pressure on Olivier Giroud, and maintain the club's title challenge during the second half of the 2013/14 campaign.

Juventus are determined to sell Vucinic - who they value at £10million - so that Antonio Conte can use the funds to reinvest in his own team, which could pave way for Chelsea to hijack his prospective move to Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho is now thought to be considering signing a new striker this month, after Fernando Torres was injured in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Vucinic has fallen behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the first-team pecking order in Turn, but is unlikely to find less competition at Chelsea, with Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba all vying for that lone striker role in west London.

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