Striker’s move to Man Utd not dependent on Lukaku as terms are agreed

Mario Mandzukic is set to join Manchester United from Juventus, regardless of whether the swap deal between Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala goes through.

United are trying to offload Lukaku this summer, with Juventus overtaking Serie A rivals Inter Milan in the race to sign the Belgian international. A swap that would see Dybala come to the Premier League has been widely circulated in the press, but the negotiations have hit several stumbling blocks.

Dybala is understood to be not so keen on the move, given United’s lack of Champions League football and his preference to move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid when the time comes to leave Juventus. Sky Sport Italia also warn that Dybala’s image rights are complicating the situation further.

Mandzukic had also been suggested as part of the deal, and according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Croatian striker has now agreed personal terms with United.

The 33-year-old will reportedly earn €6m per year, signing a two-year contract with the option for a third year.

In a further update, Tuttosport claim that the delays in the Dybala-Lukaku negotiations will not hold up Mandzukic’s move, and that he can sign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side irrespective of whether the swap is completed before deadline day on Thursday.


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