Man United almost finished talks with €20m-rated Croatian attacker

Red Devils are increasingly confident of signing Mario Mandzukic as they line up a £9m transfer bid for the Old Lady striker this January. Former Croatia international has dropped down the pecking order in Juventus and is yet to feature either domestically or in Europe this campaign since Maurizio Sarri took over the reins from Max Allegri.

Bianconeri are open to offers for Mario, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain all favoured by Italian club’s new coach. Man United have identified Mandzukic as their priority attacking target heading into the winter transfer window as Marcus Rashford fails to impress as Norwegian manager’s lead centre-forward.

Serie A champions’ eagerness to find a buyer for the 33-year-old striker has convinced Red Devils they can wrap up a deal for the attacker. Man United are ‘closing in’ on the signing and expect Old Lady to accept their opening £9m proposal for Croatian centre-forward, as he set to put pen to paper on an 18-month contract at Old Trafford.

It’s understood Mario will be offered wages of £4.4m-a-year by the Premier League club. Many have questioned Red Devils decision to allow both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez join Inter Milan in the summer amid their struggles in front of goal last term.

Former Man United centre-forward Dimitar Berbatov believes Mandzukic could have a similar impact to Zlatan Ibrahimovic should he complete a move from Bianconeri this winter. ‘They have the talent in the young players, but at the same time you need someone like Mandzukic,’ the Bulgarian said.