It’s been a little while since we’ve covered Manchester United’s interest in Mario Mandzukić (and by that, we mean two days).
After all, Anthony Martial’s return could have led them to forget about the Juventus striker, but that isn’t the case, according to La Stampa.
The Italian newspaper, relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb, claim the Croatian striker has ‘packed his bags’ for Manchester.
One of the reasons behind that, other than the fact he isn’t playing at all under Maurizio Sarri in Turin, is that Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ director of football, was spotted in London recently, with the negotiations between the Serie A champions and United ‘becoming active again’.
It’s stated that, somehow, the Italians would also ‘like to include Paul Pogba in the affair’ in order to resolve their Mandzukić problem, who has become a ‘missing person’ at their club, even ‘on a social level’.
Since the start of the season, the 33-year-old hasn’t played a minute of football and appeared on the bench just three times.
He’s also been left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad, which further emphasised how little Sarri was counting on him this season.
The move to Old Trafford, at least short term, makes sense, but perhaps Paratici is hoping for a lot when trying to include Pogba in the deal.