Manchester United have re-opened talks with Juventus for Mario Mandzukic, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
However, the Red Devils are yet to agree on a deal with the Turin-based club, with the Italian champions considering it a difficult deal to complete.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 8, 2019
Manchester United saw a deal to swap Romelu Lukaku for Paulo Dybala fall through last week due to a number of concerns surrounding the Argentine attacker.
The Old Trafford giants have made three signings this summer, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James joining the club.
Links with Mandzukic follow Lukaku’s potential exit from Old Trafford today. The Belgian striker is in Italy to complete a deal to join Serie A side Internazionale after Manchester United agreed on a deal worth up to €80m (roughly £75m).
That would leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with only Marcus Rashford as the club’s senior option upfront. And the England international’s record means Solskjaer can’t rely on him alone. Rashford scored just 14 goals and assisted nine in over 45 games last season.
In comparison, Mandzukic has a stellar record in front of goal and could fit in well in the north-west. The Croatian contributed a good amount of goals last season, 16 in just 30 starts for Juventus in all competitions.
Mandzukic would be a good option for Solskjaer on a short-term deal, especially with just hours left in the transfer window.
The Croatia international is a tall striker and his statistics show just how useful his height has been. Mandzukic won 2.9 headers per game on average last season, which was the same as Lukaku, who also won 2.9 (via WhoScored). Indeed, with four of his nine Serie A goals being scored with his head (as per Transfermarkt), Mandzukic is undoubtedly a threat in the air.
A Plan B off the bench would be good for Solskjaer, who can’t solely rely on a quick attacking trio like he did versus Tottenham Hotspur last season, something highlighted by Darren Fletcher.
Mandzukic would bring goals and a Plan B if he joins Manchester United, making him the best option in this late stage of the transfer window.
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