Juventus hitman Mario Mandzukic has taken one step closer to a move to Man Utd after the Turin club’s sporting director Fabio Paratic opened the door for the Croatian’s exit.
Rumours of the frontman’s move to Old Trafford have been rife as of late, with one report claiming Mandzukic was willing to slash his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half, with United prepared to hand the 33-year-old an 18-month deal worth £150,000 a week.
With his transfer fee set at around £10m, it seems a deal to bring Mandzukic to Old Trafford will be agreed prior to the January window and will go through as soon as possible.
Mandzukic’s age at 33 would represent a break from the policy Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have implemented regarding going younger and British, but his veteran presence could be the missing ingredient to kickstart their campaign in the forward areas.
The Croatian has failed to crack the first team this season under new boss Maurizio Sarri, but his experience could be key in bringing along the burgeoning talents of Utd’s current forward crop, most notably Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Speaking to Sky in Italy (via Sky Sports), Juve chief Paratic responded with the following after being quizzed on a potential January exit for the marksman: “We are talking to Mandzukic to find the best possible solution.
“We remain open to any scenario, so staying here or going elsewhere. We are discussing it to find the best solution for both parties.”
The Croatian has been afforded the opportunity to train with another club ahead of any proposed move, with Sarri confirming the forward’s current situation: “Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I am open to everything”