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Audacious swap deal for £16.2m-rated forward makes perfect sense for Manchester United

Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are pleased with their business in the transfer window thus far.

Jose Mourinho has splashed over £75m on new signings as he looks to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season. The Portuguese bolstered his midfield with the £53m additional of Brazilian midfielder Fred. He also landed the signature of Porto youngster, Diogo Dalot, who can play both right and left back.

The signing of Dalot casts serious doubt over the future of Matteo Darmian. The Italian has failed to impress during his three seasons at Old Trafford and found first-team football hard to come by last year. Darmian made just 16 appearances and has been linked with a move back to the Serie A with Juventus.

To allow him to leave, Manchester United must demand they receive Mario Mandzukic in return. Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, the 32-year-old is currently on international duty with Croatia and will look to book his place in the World Cup semi-final with a win over Russia. He was a key player for the Old Lady last season, making 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring ten goals and notching four assists.

Mourinho is desperate to add strength to his forward line, and Mandzukic fits the bill. He has experience in Serie A, La Liga and the Champions League and would be a fantastic option to have on the bench. He can play as the central striker or on the wing.

With Cristiano Ronaldo set to join Juventus, Mandzukic may be forced through the exit door. Juve’s loss can be United’s gain this summer.

Manchester United fans, thoughts?

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