Premier League clubs West Ham and Manchester United could go head-to-head to sign Juve striker Mandzukic in the winter transfer window.
The Croatian striker has been deemed surplus to requirements in Turin and is looking to leave the club in the months ahead with both Premier League sides reportedly keen on signing him as they make a push for the top 4, and you can get the latest odds on United and West Ham’s chances from Come On sports betting along with all the latest football odds.
Mandzukic was initially linked with a big money move to play in Qatar in the Qatar Stars League with lucrative salary offers coming from the likes of Al Gharafa and Al Rayan.
The striker was reportedly in negotiations with both clubs and skipped Juve’s recent matches against SPAL, Brescia and Hellas Verona in order to finalise a move that would be completed before the close of the Qatar transfer window on Monday 30 September.
Despite being offered a significant pay rise, Mandzukic has reportedly turned down all offers and will now wait until the winter transfer window to decide his future.
The suggestion from various English and Italian papers is that he prefers a move to the Premier League with Manchester United back in for the player.
The 33-year-old was close to a move to Old Trafford in the summer as part of the deal that would have seen Paulo Dybala also head to England.
After Argentine striker Dybala turned down United, the club made a bid to sign Mandzukic in a separate deal valued at around €15m offering a hefty salary increase, however the player wasn’t keen on being forced into a last minute switch and decided to wait to carefully consider his future.
There have been tentative links from MLS with a brief suggestion of a switch to the US but the latest reports indicate his future lies elsewhere.
The Independent report that United will now make a fresh bid to sign Mandzukic who still has a contract with the Bianconeri until 2021.
The Reds have seen their strike-force decimated in recent weeks following injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as the only recognised available forward.
Alongside United’s interest, Tuttojuve report that West Ham United are also keen to bolster their forward line following their impressive start to the season. The Hammers can reportedly sign the Croat international for around £9m as a backup to striker Sébastien Haller.
The interest from the two sides could spark a bidding war with United likely to come out on top, given their salary offer and their good relationship with Juventus which has seen them complete big money transfer in recent years.
Mandzukic proved his worth to Juventus during his 5 years with the club, scoring 44 goals in 162 appearances for the Bianconeri but his most telling contribution came in his second and third years with the club.
The striker was pushed out to play in a wider role as part of coach Max Allegri’s 4-2-3-1 system and became a key team player, breaking up attacks and proving invaluable in defending set-pieces.