Manchester United are believed to be close to an agreement to sign a veteran striker in January, while one of Chelsea’s perennial loanees is about to move out again, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO SIGN MANDZUKIC AS JANUARY REPLACEMENT FOR LUKAKU
Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement in place to sign Mario Mandzukic in January, according to reports in Italy.
The 33-year-old striker has been told he is free to leave Juventus for a nominal fee and has, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, rejected an approach from PSG this summer.
And according to the trusted Italian source, the Croatian is ready to accept an offer from Manchester United to move to England in the winter window, with reports claiming a deal with the Red Devils is close to being finalised.
United are in need of more firepower after losing both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, leaving the club with just Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and teenager Mason Greenwood as striker options.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having ruled out a move for another veteran striker Fernando Llorente on a free transfer, believes the January addition of Mandzukic could hand his side a timely lift as they look for a successful end to the season on the domestic and European front.
The Croatian has scored 44 times in 162 appearances for the Italian champions since a 2015 switch from Atletico Madrid and it’s believed his game would be well suited to the Premier League and present United with another option in attack.
There is also interest in Mandzukic from Germany, but Di Marzio insists his sole priority is United and he’ll happily wait until January as a result.
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Italian outfit Sassuolo are in talks with Chelsea to sign left-back or winger Kenedy on loan for the season (Sky Italia)
Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Ajax attacking midfield starlet Naci Unuvar, whose dream is to play for Real Madrid (Don Balon)
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is set to join Real Madrid as Keylor Navas moves the other way (Cadena Cope)
Barcelona’s offer consisted of Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo, a one-year loan deal for Ousmane Dembele alongside €130m (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is close to making a shock move to Roma, with the Italian side paying a €3m loan fee to the Premier League side (Il Tempo / Gazzetta dello Sport / Sky Italia)
Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid in March persuaded Isco to remain at the club this summer regardless of any transfer approaches (Marca)
Bologna have officially signed Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Besiktas for a reported €2.5m (various)
Angel Correa is expected to stay at Atletico Madrid beyond this summer after AC Milan failed to meet the LaLiga side’s €40m asking price (AS)
Kevin Mirallas is set to leave Everton on another loan, with Belgian duo Royal Antwerp and Club Brugge fighting to take him back to his homeland (Nord Eclair)
Chelsea’s French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has agreed terms for rejoining Monaco on loan – with a £31.8m permanent switch lined up (RMC Sport)
Rio Ave are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon, but he would need to take a significant pay cut (Record)
Lazio are weighing up a last-minute move for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, despite previously ruling out any more signings this summer (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
The representatives of Fernando Llorente have been spotted at Inter Milan’s headquarters, fuelling speculation that the Serie A side could win the race for the former Tottenham striker (Football Italia)
Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula is on the verge of a loan move to Serie A new boys Lecce (Sport Italia)