Juventus Chief Confirms Mario Mandzukic Talks Ahead Of Proposed Man Utd Transfer

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed he is set for talks with Mario Mandzukic over his future.

The Croatian forward is being tipped to join Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils said to be confident of landing him in a £9million January deal to bolster their attack.

Mandzukic, 33, has yet to play a competitive game under Maurizio Sarri this season and the club are open to offers after a move to Qatar collapsed at the end of the summer window.

And Juve chief Paratici revealed he will sit down with the frontman to discuss his future and the prospect of a January departure with the Premier League potentially beckoning.

“With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Juve director Paratici said, per Football Italia.

“Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January.”

In a separate interview with Sky Sport Italia, Paratici said: “We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.

“It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.”

Reports claim Mandzukic is set to be offered an 18-month deal at Old Trafford, worth around £4.4million per year.

That would keep him at the club until the summer of 2021 and ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally replaces Romelu Lukaku after struggling for goals since his departure.

The target man has scored 44 goals in 162 games for the Turin side since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

He is viewed as a short-term solution to United’s goal drought, with Solskjaer’s side failing to score more than one goal in a game since their opening day demolition of Chelsea.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know it’s a forward we’re going to try to recruit next time,” Solskjaer recently said.

“We’re looking for some creativity and goals, but they [potential signings] have to be the right one.

“There were strikers available [in the summer] but not the ones we wanted. We couldn’t get the one we wanted.”

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