Aston Villa made an approach for the former Bayern Munich and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, which was rejected by the player, according to reports.
Mandzukic targetted by the Villains
The 34-year-old is currently a free agent after he was released by the Qatari side Al-Duhail SC, where he scored once from just seven appearances with the club (TransferMarkt).
But many will remember him from his time in the Bundesliga and Serie, where he was at the top of his game and made a name of himself across Europe. His most successful spell was with Juventus, where he found the back of the net on 44 occasions from 162 outings.
Should Aston Villa go back in for Mario Mandzukic?
But with Villa having signed Ollie Watkins from Brentford during the summer, Dean Smith was reportedly on the hunt for another striker and was willing to bring the 89-cap Croatia international to Villa Park.
That’s according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who stated that he turned down both Villa and West Ham as he would prefer a return to Italy.
The report does not go into detail as to why Mandzukic was not interested – however the likes of Bologna, Benevento and Fiorentina have been named as the Italian sides that are also keen to acquire his services.
Let’s for forget, Villa were only promoted back into the Premier League at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Showing this level of ambition echoes exactly where they want to be in the near future.
He has tonnes of experience at the highest level and would have been a magnificent swoop if Villa managed to pull off this deal.
That being said, he is still without a club and there is still every chance that they could go back in for him at a later date.
In other news, BBC Sport pundit predicts Villa to struggle against Southampton.
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