No Deal Yet With Croatian Claims Report
Manchester United transfer target Mario Mandzukic has been warned he will have to lower his wage demands to secure a move to Old Trafford. That’s despite previous rumours suggesting he has already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils.
Mandzukic is believed to be top of United’s recruitment list in January. That’s despite the fact that he is 33 years old. It’s also despite him being nowhere near match fit. The Croatian hasn’t featured at all for Juventus so far this season although coach Maurizio Sarri has said publicly that there is a role for him in the side.
The channel is claiming that United have told agents and other intermediaries that they will not be held to ransom. The Premier League giants – still one of the world’s richest clubs despite the absence of Champions League football in two of the last four seasons – have become accustomed to clubs upping their transfer fees when United come calling.
ESPN adds that Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is unlikely to move to United in January for family reasons. However, the likes of James Maddison. Callum Wilson, Moussa Dembele and Declan Rice are all unlikely to be unavailable until next summer.
Loan Moves For Trio?
Meanwhile, three of Manchester United’s most promising youngsters could leave the club in January. Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner are all being linked with loan moves in the winter transfer window.
Performance manager Les Parry told the club’s official website that if the three players haven’t made a breakthrough to the first team then short-term moves could be on the cards.
“There will be lots of hard work, as part of what Nicky Butt puts together as the plan for everybody. We’ll plan it out and we’ve identified four or five who might be going out in January. Obviously, our first-team manager has a say.
“Three lads could have possibly gone on loan – Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner – but he wanted to keep them here and have a look at them on tour. So a decision will be made, no doubt, for January as well. Hopefully, all three will be in the first team and not going anywhere.”