Man Utd transfer news: Juventus director hints Mandzukic departure is close

Juventus are looking to offload out of favour striker Mario Mandzukic in January.

The former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid frontman doesn’t fit into manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans and has yet to feature for the Bianconeri this season after being left out of their Champions League squad.

The former Croatia international has scored 30 goals in 117 appearances for the Italian champions, who currently boast some quality attacking players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuian and Paulo Dybala.

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has reached that they have allowed Mandzukic to train with other sides as Juventus prepare for life without the striker.

In an interview with Sky Italy, Paratici spoke about the possibility of offloading Mandzukic:

“We are talking to Mandzukic to find the best possible solution,” he said. “We remain open to any scenario, so staying here or going elsewhere. We are discussing it to find the best solution for both parties.”

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Sarri had earlier revealed in a press conference that the Croatian was not training with Juventus after making an arrangement with the club, as quoted by the Mirror.

“Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.”

The 33-year-old looks set to be targeted by United in January, as a cry for help to bring more goals to Solskjaer’s misfiring side.

Goal reported how much United are willing to pay for Mandzukic earlier in November.

Gary Neville and Graeme Souness debated Marcus Rashford’s role in the Sky Sports studio following the 1-1 draw against league leaders Liverpool on Sunday:

We’ve been hampered by the lack of options up front following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

Time will tell if that was a sacrifice worth taking by Solskjaer.

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