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Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic 'Agrees Verbal Terms' With Manchester United

Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic 'Agrees Verbal Terms' With Manchester United

Manchester United have reached a 'verbal agreement' to complete the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Juventus, according to stunning reports in Italy.

The 33-year-old Croatian striker was heavily linked with the Red Devils in the summer after the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

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According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Mandzukic's representatives have agreed terms for him to leave Turin and head to Old Trafford when the January transfer window opens.

The former Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich striker has fallen down the pecking order under Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, who prefers Gonzalo Higuain as his first-choice striking option.

Mandzukic, who moved to Juventus in 2015, has made 162 appearances for the Old Lady and scored 44 times.

The ex-Croatia international signed a contract extension back in April and his current deal is set to expire in 2021.

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted last month that the club were in desperate need for forward options to replace Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku.

"When we let Alexis and Romelu go, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that it's forwards that next time we're going to recruit," he said.

"We're looking for some creativity and goals.

"But there's no point getting players in that you're not 100 per cent sure about because when you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.

"That's the long-term thinking that we have to show. I can't think, 'I need a player because this is my reputation.'

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"No, it's the club.

"There were strikers [available], but they weren't the ones we wanted.

"We couldn't get the one we wanted."

Anthony Martial has been sidelined due to an injury and Solskjaer has been left with Marcus Rashford and United starlet Mason Greenwood as his main strikers.

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United's campaign has stagnated after their 4-0 victory over Chelsea in their first Premier League match of the season.

The Red Devils are 12th in the league and are only two points above the relegation zone.

Solskjaer's men will resume their campaign after the international break when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Serie A, red devils, Premier League, old lady, Juventus, Old Trafford, Mario Mandzukic

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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