Man Utd accelerate plans to land £80,000-a-week Serie A star

By | October 11, 2019

Manchester United have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Croatia international Mario Mandzukic to sign the Juventus forward in January.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan in the summer transfer window but United failed to recruit a new striker.

Ole has now indicated that United’s priority in the January transfer market is to bolster his attacking options with a new striker.

Mandzukic was reportedly close to joining the Red Devils in the summer as part of the deal which would also have seen Argentina international Paulo Dybala make the move to Old Trafford.

But the club pulled out of their move for the South American, while Mandzukic also ended up staying with Bianconeri.

The Croatia international has not featured at all for the Old Lady this season, while Maurizio Sarri left him out of his side’s UEFA Champions League squad which means the star cannot feature in Europe.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus will be looking to sell Mandzukic in January window and the striker’s entourage already have a verbal agreement in place with the Old Trafford outfit.

The report also claims that Sarri’s side will make a fresh move to sign Paul Pogba and are prepared to offer Mandzukic to United as part of their offer.

Mandzukic, meanwhile, has turned down a move to Qatar-based outfit Al-Rayyan, who reportedly offered him a deal worth £7 million a year. The 33-year-old has scored 44 goals in 162 matches for Juve.