Manchester United have reportedly reopened talks with Juventus to sign Mario Mandzukic as Romelu Lukaku closes in on an Inter Milan move.
Lukaku has arrived in Milan for a medical after Inter struck an alleged deal of £73m to sign him. It came following a breakdown in talks with Juventus after United decided against accepting a trade deal involving Paulo Dybala.
Apparently, the 25-year-old’s reluctance to make his up mind and wage demands were a turn-off for United.
With Lukaku on his way out, though, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have just three centre-forward options in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez for the new season.
So, it seems that the Red Devils have shortlisted Mandzukic as a Lukaku-replacement based on a report from Sky Sports.
The English giants had initially discussed signing the Croatia international from Juventus last week. However, the breakdown in talks for Dybala effectively put any move for Mandzukic on the back-burner.
But Solskjaer is allegedly keen to preserve his attacking options, which has prompted United to revisit their interest in the Juventus forward.
And Mandzukic will certainly be able to offer them something that none of the club’s three forwards can do so in his physical strength, powerful physique and stamina.
The 33-year-old’s versatility has also been a great asset for Juventus since completing a €19m transfer from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2015. He’s been deployed in a number of different roles, and shown an ability to hold up the ball and feed in his teammates.
In total, Mandzukic has managed 44 goals and 24 assists in 162 appearances for Juventus across all competitions.
Although the former Bayern Munich striker’s possible exit is a big surprise considering that he only signed a new Juventus contract in April.
It seems, though, new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t rate Mandzukic as highly as his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri.