Mario Mandžukić will half his current wage at Juventus in order to force a move to Manchester United in January, according to reports.
The Croatian has been a target for United on multiple occasions, linked with moves to Old Trafford under both José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and a winter move could be a possibility with United’s forward options looking thin.
With the losses of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez, who both flew to Milan to play under Antonio Conte at Inter, United’s front-line now consists of a 21-year-old Marcus Rashford, 22-year-old Anthony Martial and an 18-year-old Mason Greenwood. Though Mandžukić is 33, his experience, versatility and professionalism are huge traits that could help the club’s young-guns. The Juventus forward is an extremely hard worker and has played out of position to accommodate others in his career whilst also always being keen to contribute defensively.
“His [Mandžukić] reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands. There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now. Ole [Gunnar Solskjær] has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years. His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer,” a source told the Sun.
Though the Sun are not the most reliable outlet, a move has been widely reported by many others in the past, especially in Italy. The move also makes sense given the lack of leaders in the current squad and given Mandžukić’s age, a short-term deal could mean little risk bringing him to Manchester.
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