The Croatian striker is said to be unhappy after falling down the pecking order at Juventus
Italian outlet Calciomercato have reported Tottenham and West Ham are in the running for Juventus’ striker Mario Mandzukic. The website claims Mandzukic is not willing to accept a secondary role at the club, with the highly-rated Argentine Pablo Dybala and €90 million summer-signing Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the Croatian in the pecking order.
Calciomercato also suggest there’s no shortage of potential suitors for the former Bayern Munich hitman, with PSG boss Unai Emery also said to be a huge admirer of the player. Beyond Europe, Mandzukic also has big money offers from two Chinese clubs – Shanghai Shenhua and SIPG.
The report goes on to add Mario Mandzukic is open to a move in the upcoming winter transfer window itself, after he works out whether he still has a role with the Italian giants or not.
Dybala’s injury has meant Mandzukic been handed opportunities to play by the manager, but he knows the situation will change once Dybala is back fit; while Higuain remains an undisputed starter.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (h/t Bleacher Report) had also reported Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger inquired about Mandzukic’s availability in the summer and remains an interested party in the player if the situation at the club changes for the Croatian.
Mario Mandzukic is himself going through a rough patch at the moment, having scored only 2 goals in 13 appearances for Juventus this season, but his quality and talent cannot be questioned. The striker has established himself as a proven goal-scorer at all his previous clubs over the years.
Spurs are going through a barren run this season, thanks to Harry Kane’s injury and summer signing Vincent Janssen’s poor form. The North London team has only scored 9 goals in their last 10 matches, while West Ham’s summer signing Zaza has turned out to be a disaster.
PSG are looking to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal remain interested, more so after considering Olivier Giroud’s situation a the club. One can expect a huge tug-of-war for Mario Mandzukic in January, if the striker decides to move on from Juventus.