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

Red Devils are close to agreeing on the transfer of Mario Mandzukic ahead of the winter window after Juventus striker agreed to slash his wage demands. Former Croatia international was on Norwegian coach’s radar during the summer, but his salary demands were responsible for the deal collapsing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer placed his faith in the like of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford after allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart for Inter Milan.

Man United has struggled for goals with Rashford struggling to shoulder the responsibility of leading the attack, particularly given the injury which forced Martial to miss eight games in all tournaments.

The Norwegian tactician has built his transfer strategy around signing young, hungry, British footballers but is prepared to compromise to add experience to his forward line in winter.

Mario, who currently earns £300,000-a-week at Bianconeri, is prepared to take a 50% pay cut to move to Maurizio Sarri exiled man United in Turin.

In Mandzukic’s absence, Old Lady kick-started their Champions League season last night with a late comeback win over Lokomotiv Moscow thanks to two late goals from the Argentine star, Paulo Dybala who himself almost joined Red Devils in the summer.

‘I needed these two goals. It was a good result for the team and me, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,’ Paulo said. ‘We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.’