Juventus will target a move for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus if Mario Mandzukic is sold to Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.
Experienced Croatia striker Mandzukic is being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in January, after missing out in the summer and playing no part under Maurizio Sarri so far this season.
Reports earlier on Sunday claimed that United have a general verbal agreement in place with the Serie A champions to sign Mandzukic for a fee of £10m when the winter transfer window opens – with the centre-forward position being a top priority for the Red Devils after they let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave in the summer.
And if the Mandzukic signing does go ahead, then it could have a knock-on effect on United’s rivals, as according to Tuttosport (via Calciomercato), Man City’s Gabriel Jesus has emerged as a potential replacement at Juventus.
Like Mandzukic, Jesus has largely had to settle for a place on the bench this term, with Sergio Aguero firmly ahead of him in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.
The Brazilian striker commented on his frustrations last month, telling Esporte Interativo: “I want to play, I want to help without going over anyone.
“I understand the manager’s head and I respect [but] I make it very clear that I always want to be playing.
“I’m very happy at City, so there’s no reason to leave City.”
Turin-based paper Tuttosport claim that Juventus have revived their interest in Jesus, as an alternative to prime target Mauro Icardi – currently on loan at Paris Saint Germain from Serie A rivals Inter Milan.
Tottenham and England star Harry Kane is also speculated to be on the shortlist, as he was in a similar report detailing Barcelona’s plans to replace Luis Suarez in the Spanish media recently.
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