Contract details revealed for striker signing, as Man Utd change tact for January

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Manchester United are understood to be closing in on the January signing of veteran forward Mario Mandzukic.

In a change of tact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will move away from signing exciting young talent and go for experience as he looks to fill void left by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Reports in the last few days gave indicated that 33-year-old Mandzukic will be Solskjaer’s next signing in January.

Last week Tuttosport suggested that a deal for Mandzukic was on the cardsand that has been supported by the Daily Express, who say the two clubs have now reached a verbal agreement over a £10m deal.

Now Goal report the deal will go ahead with Juventus likely to accept a transfer fee of £9million because Maurizio Sarri has no plans for the Croatia striker.

 

 

Goal report that Mandzukic “is expected to sign an 18-month contract until the summer of 2021 and would earn a salary of £4.4m a year”.

The news will come in stark contrast to a report from The Times last week which indicated Solskjaer would not go after quick-fixes in January to solve his side’s goalscoring problems.

The Times suggested that United’s transfer policy of signing young, hungry players will not go out of the window this January and that the Norwegian would not turn to 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Mandzukic.

 

 

 

Mandzukic, who is yet to make an appearance for Juve this season, has scored 44 goals and assisted 24 others in 162 appearances for the Italian champions since moving to Turin from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

Meanwhile, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has outlined exactly why a move for Mandzukic would work out for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.