Chelsea to pip Arsenal to the post in summer transfer chase?

mandzikciChelsea fans are looking relatively content here in the Football Transfer Tavern after Metro claimed they were moving closer to one of their transfer targets.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic is only second on their summer wishlist to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, and it seems that the Blues are closing in on the Croatian forward after holding talks with his agent.

It had been thought that Arsenal were the ones set to sign the former Wolfsburg forward, who has netted 16 times this season despite being used sparingly by Pep Guardiola.

The former Barcelona manager tends to favour a starting eleven without an out-and-out forward, and thus Mandzukic has made it very clear that he feels his future lies elsewhere. This is not to mention the fact that Robert Lewandowski is arriving at the Allianz Arena in the summer.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal are desperate to land a top class forward this summer, and after Chelsea’s dire performance against Paris Saint-Germain this week, Jose Mourinho has stepped up his pursuit of striking reinforcements.

The issue will of course be the price tag placed on the head of Mandzukic, who will cost around £20 million. That is of course rather big money – and Chelsea will have to spend even more than that on Costa, meaning some departures are inevitable this summer.

Chelsea fans. Would you welcome Mandzukic to Stamford Bridge with open arms? Surely Diego Costa is the striker Blues fans crave the most? Let us know your thoughts below.

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