Man United in advanced talks with €20m-rated Serie A striker

Red Devils continue to be linked with Mario Mandzukic in the winter transfer window, but reports claim they may have to pay a significant fee for the striker.

Former Croatia international has effectively been frozen out by Bianconeri coach Maurizio Sarri so far this campaign, as he has yet to feature in Serie A and was left out of their Champions League squad.

Having fallen way down the pecking order given the several options in the front-line that the Old Lady manager has at his disposal, Mario has often been left out of the squad altogether.

In turn, an exit in winter is seemingly the best solution for both sides, but while Red Devils are specifically named as a possible option in the New Year, there could now be a problematic situation involved in any possible departure.

Serie A champions want at least €10m to sell Mandzukic, and considering his lack of playing time this campaign, his age and deal, which expires in 2021, it has to be questioned whether or not that would be a great business from Man United.

With that in mind, Italian giants may well have to lower their demands or risk seeing Red Devils look elsewhere, as Norwegian tactician certainly needs reinforcements in an attack in winter, but there may be better value-for-money options out there.

Man United have picked up just nine points from their opening eight Premier League matches of the campaign, and in that time, they’ve managed to score only nine goals. Croatian centre-forward helped his national team to reach the final in the 2018 World Cup and also scored a goal against France.