English Premiership

Mandzukic rejects Qatar pay cheque for United move in January - report

2019-09-26 12:45
Mario Mandzukic.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United received encouraging news in their search for a new striker, with Juventus frontman Mario Mandzukic said to be keen on a move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils briefly contemplated signing Mandzukic from Juventus in the summer to bolster their attacking ranks, before opting against a deal.

It was reported that they could revisit their interest in January after a spate of attacking injuries left their squad threadbare.

The Daily Mail reports that Mandzukic has rejected a contract worth £7 million a year to play in Qatar 'as he has not given up on his dream move' to Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old is yet to feature under Maurizio Sarri in Italy this season, only making the matchday squad as an unused substitute in three of five Serie A games.

But Juventus would not sanction a loan deal and are 'are looking for an £11 million fee' for a striker who 'believes he still has something to offer at the top level'.

'He shunned the mega-money deal on offer in Qatar for a last chance at starring in a top league, concerned at the lack of first-class football facilities in the Middle East,' the report reads.

And while Mandzukic 'would represent a last throw of the dice' for United, they will consider the option.

United are back in action on Monday evening as Arsenal visit Old Trafford for a Premier League encounter.

Match starts at 21:00 (SA time).

- TeamTalk


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