Manchester United are weighing up a January transfer swoop for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.
Mandzukic was in discussions with United in the summer but the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement, and he remained in Turin to gauge whether he still had a future at the club.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eventually decided not to replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, but to start the season with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as his striking options.
However, injuries to Rashford and Martial have exposed United’s lack of options, with 17-year-old Greenwood having been asked to shoulder the burden of United’s goalscoring responsibility.
The teenager has responded well, scoring two goals in his last two games and becoming the club’s youngest ever scorer in European competition.
But he has only started one Premier League game, Solskjaer has confirmed that a striker is next on his shopping list when the January transfer window opens.
“We let Alexis and Romelu go, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forward that next time we’re going to recruit,” Solskjaer said in quotes reported by Goal.
“We’re looking for some creativity and goals.
Mandzukic, 33, has been frozen out by Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, who did not register the striker in his Champions League squad.
Now that the veteran knows where he stands, it is thought he could be more open to a move, and United are weighing up a swoop which should cost around £9million, according to Goal.
United are also considering a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to Mundo Deportivo – although there is concern over his fitness at present.
The Spanish publication reports that United are keen on Dembele, whose Barcelona future looks increasingly uncertain amid continued speculation about Neymar’s return to the club.
Dembele returned to the Barca line-up after injury for their win over Villarreal last week, but was left out of the victory over Getafe on Saturday, with the club later confirming he had a hamstring injury.
It remains to be seen whether the injury will rule him out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan.
Barca want to recoup the money they paid for the forward when signing him from Borussia Dortmund, with his asking price currently set at £100 million.