Mario Mandzukic is reportedly set to make a hasty exit from Juventus after failing to make the Champions League squad last week.
Mandzukic, who only signed a new contract in April, has fallen out of favour under new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri. He hasn’t even played a single minute of Serie A football, with Gonzalo Higuain instead taking the centre-forward spot.
The Italian later handed Mandzukic another blow by leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad. Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo have all taken up the attacker spots.
This development in Turin prompted Paris Saint-Germain to make a late move for the Croatian last month. However, he ultimately turned down a move to France in order to fight for his Bianconeri career.
But Sky Sport journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Mandzukic could end up leaving Turin after all. Apparently, Juventus are in the middle of negotiations with an unnamed club in Qatar over a transfer.
Backing Romano’s claims are that the Italian champions have left the 33-year-old out of Saturday’s squad for the Fiorentina game.
Should things pan out well between Juventus and this unidentified club, then Mandzukic will allegedly leave immediately.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 13, 2019
Although the Qatari Sports League’s transfer window will stay open until September 30, which leaves the clubs some time to sort things out.
Therefore, attention will likely turn towards Emre Can’s future after his omission from Europe this season.
“It wasn’t easy or pleasing to make the choices I had to for the Champions League list, but it was necessary,” said Sarri on leaving out Mandzukic and Emre during Friday’s press conference.
“I’m sorry because two important players were left out. However, these difficulties demonstrate the strength of our squad.”
Mandzukic has managed 44 goals and 24 assists in 162 appearances for Juventus across all competitions.