Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has reportedly turned down a summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a Turin stay.
Despite only signing a new contract in April, Mandzukic’s Juventus future is under threat following Maurizio Sarri’s arrival earlier this summer.
The former Chelsea boss seemingly doesn’t the forward as highly as his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri. He’s instead welcomed Gonzalo Higuain back into the fold, and picked him over Mandzukic for Juventus’ Champions League squad.
With Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo taking up the other attacking spots, Mandzukic faces the prospect of no European football whatsoever this season.
This new worrying development in Turin prompted PSG to make a move for the 33-year-old. Apparently, the Ligue 1 champions made an official approach to Juventus to discover the player’s availability.
But Goal has reported that Mandzukic has passed on the chance of a move to the French capital. While Juventus were open to offers, he’s not ready to call it a day on his Bianconeri career at the moment.
The Croatia international will instead see how things play out under Sarri between now and January, when the winter transfer window opens.
This will come as an unwelcome blow for PSG, who are currently suffering an attacking crisis. They’ve just lost both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe to injury, with the strike duo likely out for around a month.
The Neymar transfer saga, meanwhile, remains unconcluded amid strong interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona. With the European transfer window closing next Monday, however, the Brazilian may yet remain at PSG.
Thomas Tuchel’s side, of course, could still make a move for Mandzukic. Although it’s now very unlikely they will be able to convince him to swap Turin for Paris in the space of four days.
Mandzukic has also been the subject of interest to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AS Roma this summer.