According to the Standard, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to solve their striker woes ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to injury and could well be without Olivier Giroud for the opening game of the coming campaign which means manager Arsene Wenger needs another experienced attacker.
Mandzukic is said to be on their radar due to his playing style. Capable of spearheading the frontline, the 30-year-old is a towering striker who can bring others into the attack and provides the physicality and work rate to put opposition defenders under pressure. Mandzukic scored and created 14 goals in 24 Serie A starts, and won 65% of his aerial duels last season.
With Juventus recently signing Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, Mandzukic is likely to be allowed to leave as he wouldn’t settle for playing second fiddle in attack. It’s unknown how much Arsenal would have to pay to sign the Croatian international but a bid of around £15M could see Juve accept. Arsenal are on the hunt for a striker, but have so far failed in their bid to strengthen the frontline.
Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandre Lacazette, Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, Napoli’ Gonzalo Higuain and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy were all transfer targets of Arsenal this summer, but the club have failed to bring anybody in. Mandzukic might be more willing, but he’s expected to have interest in his services from other sides in Europe when his availability is made public.