Croatian Remains United Transfer Target
Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic following reports the Croatia international has slashed his wage demands.
The Sun claims the move could be on after Mandzukic dropped his wage demand from £300,000 a week to £150,000.
It was reported in Italy earlier this month that the 33-year-old had already agreed a deal with United. Those reports were premature if this latest news is anything to go by.
Manchester United are believed to be in the market for a striker after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku following his departure for Inter Milan.
However, their interest in Mandzukic comes as a surprise if only because of his age. The Red Devils tend to lose interest in a player once he turns 30.
If United do sign the Croatian they will almost certainly be getting a player who is completely short of match fitness. Mandzukic has failed to play a single minute of football under new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri. He has been an unused substitute in three Serie A games so far this season and has failed to make an appearance in the Champions League. Juventus’s involvement in the Coppa Italia does not commence until after Christmas.