Mario Mandzukic is keen on completing a move to Manchester United as part of the swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku, according to reports from Italy.
Man United and Juventus are close to striking a deal for the aforementioned pair, with the only obstacle remaining being Dybala agreeing personal terms.
According to various reports from Italy, the most notable being Gianluca di Marzio, there is a growing feeling that Mandzukic could be included as part of the deal.
Details like image rights needs to be handled between Dybala and United/Juventus before the deal can be closed. In the last hours the chance is increasing that United will also sign Mandzukic from Juventus (@DiMarzio)
— hash (@hashim0307) August 2, 2019
Progress has been made in the Dybala and Lukaku deal, and the idea of Mandzukic joining United – something reportedly brought up by Juventus in negotiations – is also gathering pace.
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 1, 2019
Mario Mandzukic wants to join #mufc and has responded positively to what United are proposing. Dybala/Lukaku swap is a priority but United are also working on a deal worth €10m-€15m for Mandzukic. Progress is being made #mulive [calcio mercato]
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 2, 2019
The deal is not a straight swap. Dybala is valued around £20m higher than Lukaku, meaning United would be selling a player they don’t want in return for the Argentine to the tune of, well, about £20m.
When it comes to Mandzukic, then, United may well feel that adding another, say, £10 or £15m onto that original £20m is not bad business, especially if the player is keen for the deal to happen.
Signing the talismanic Croat, despite his age, would be a remarkably shrewd piece of business from United.