Juventus has apparently finally found a taker for Mario Mandzukic.
On English transfer deadline day, all the early talk was bout Super Mario Mandzukic transferring to Manchester United.
That never materialised, whether it was the player or the club, we will never know.
What has been cemented though, was Juventus and Maurizio Sarri’s intent to part company with the big forward.
According to Football-Italia.net, that move will happen soon.
The early talk was a move to Spain with Sevilla.
Apparently, Mandzukic did not favour that move.
In steps Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
Hot off the back of securing the services of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan. They are apparently hot on the heels of his compatriot Mario Mandzukic.
According to sources close the player, he is keen to cement the move to the reigning Bundesliga Champions.
The 33-year-old has been convinced by the idea of teaming up with his compatriots Perisic and Bayern manager Niko Kovac.
It is believed that the deal for Madzukic mirrors that of Perisic. It is thought to be a loan agreement, with an option or obligation to but for 15 million Euros.
Mandzukic has been in Italy with Juve for 4 years now. He arrived from Atletico Madrid back in 2015.
Prior to that though he spent two years at Bayern and 2 years at Wolfsburg.
His statistics make for interesting reading.
He has played 476 senior games, scoring 188 goals and adding 92 assists to his contributions. In a senior professional career that has spanned 16 years.
Bayern has been publicly slated by there current and only recognised centre-forward Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski feels the club needs more attacking options or runs the risk of falling behind their opponents.
There appears to be a pattern to Bayern’s transfer window activity of late. Cheaper loan deals, for proven prolific players, with Bundesliga experience.
They secured the defensive services of French pair Hernadez and Pavard before the transfer window even opened, with pre-contract agreements.
They cost a total of 105 million Euros.
There was speculation about a 100 million Euro deal for Leroy Sane from Manchester City. This collapsed after the player was ruled out for up to 7 months through injury.
Bayern has conducted some shrewd dealings to secure proven talent. Even if it is a short term solution.
I get the feeling that they are holding on to their Euros with the hope of being sure they can afford Sane when he is fit again.