By Russell Edge
Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, according to a report.
Calciomercato.it reports that the north London club are interested in signing the Croatian forward this summer, who would offer a different option up front for the Gunners.
However, Mandzukic is likely to be in high demand were he to leave Juventus, with Turkish side Besiktas one of a number of clubs queueing up for the 30-year-old’s signature.
The Sun claimed earlier in the month that West Ham were also in the market for the prolific international striker.
This season has seen ‘Super Mario’ operate in a variety in positions across a front three, and Arsenal are hoping to tempt him to the Emirates stadium by assuring him a centre-forward role.
In 34 appearances, Mandzukic has only managed seven goals and six assists in all competitions, although he impressed with his work ethic in Juve’s 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona.
However, it looks like Juventus are willing to listen to offers for Mandzukic who is under contract until June 2019.
Mandzukic has an impressive 29 goals for his country, scored across 74 appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
If nothing else, Mario Mandzukic would offer Arsenal a different sort of option up front. He might not be a clinical finisher but he is an extraordinarily hard worker and is the sort of player who will chase every ball and apply pressure to the opposition backline. At 1.9m tall, he is an imposing figure in the box, but is just as confident with his feet as his head. The only issue is his age – at 30-years-old, you have to question if he can keep up his work rate, and whether Arsenal can afford to carry a striker up front.
In other Arsenal transfer news, rivals Spurs have taken the lead in signing a Bundesliga midfield maestro.