Allegri Talked Striker Out Of Old Trafford Move
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic turned down the chance to move to Manchester United this summer according to reports from Italy today.
The Croatia international was tipped to leave Juve following the arrival in June of Cristiano Ronaldo Calciomercato claims United were interested and Jose Mourinho was prepared to increase his current wages of €3.5million after tax to €5million – the equivalent of around £150,000 a week.
But Mandzukic turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford. In particular, Juve coach Massimo Allegri talked him into staying with the Serie A side.
The move sounds an odd one given that the former Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg man is now 32 years old especially given that the Manchester United board were reticent over signing 29-year-olds this summer such as Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Ivan Perisic.
Juventus would have demanded a hefty fee. Now they look set to open talks over a new deal for the Croatian.
United In Fresh Link With Midfielder
Meanwhile, there is speculation that United could revive their interest in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini. The 22-year-old was identified as a transfer target earlier this year but there was no concrete bid from United.
The Sun On Sunday claims United could put in a bid in January as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his squad in the winter. However, Roma are unlikely to part with a player they regard as an integral part of their side. Pellegrini has made 28 appearances in Serie A in each of the last two seasons.