Cape Town - Mario Mandzukic appears to be heading for the Juventus exit
in January, with Manchester United reportedly still interested in securing his
The Red Devils spoke with the 33-year-old's advisers earlier
this summer but were shocked by his £300 000 per week salary demands, with his
club still desperate to move him out.
However, it is understood Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer is ready to push again for the veteran, who is currently talking to
Qatari side Al-Rayyan.
United have been alerted that even the wealthy Middle
Eastern outfit are only willing to pay the Croatian international an annual
salary of £7.2 million a year - £150 000-per-week.
The Manchester giants can certainly match that and are
believed to have kept an 'open channel' to the player's agent, Ivan Cvjetkovic,
in the hope Mandzukic might become more reasonable over his financial demands.
Solskajer was disappointed to see previous talks break down,
believing the former Bayern Munich forward could bring a much-needed dose of
elite experience to his depleted attacking ranks.
United sold Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan
this summer and allowed Alexis Sanchez to join him at the Giuseppe Meazza on a
Whilst both frontmen failed to ignite properly during their
fruitless time in Manchester, there is little doubt United are currently
regretting not bringing in a top-class striker replacement.
They have managed to find the net just eight times in their
opening six Premier League games, with four coming on the opening day win
Misfiring England striker Marcus Rashford is out for around
a month with a groin injury and, despite his undoubted promise, 17-year-old
Mason Greenwood cannot be expected to carry the burden of scoring goals on his
United are unable to bring in a new face until the January
window but know Mandzukic was initially excited about a potential move to the
Theatre of Dreams, with Juventus certainly being realistic over a transfer fee.