Juve’s Mario Mandzukic Isn’t Coming to MLS, Will Join Man Utd Instead

Mario Mandzukic of Juventus in February. Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/Shutterstock (10113063by)

Although reports surfaced last month that LAFC is trying to sign Juventus’ striker Mario Mandzukic, it appears that the Croatian won’t be coming to MLS; at least not right away. Goal reports that Manchester United has a deal with Juve, which will land them Mandzukic on a permanent transfer in January.

Juventus reportedly wants to get rid of Mandzukic at all costs, and it is believed they would be willing to accept an offer as low as $11 million. The 33-year-old himself is also motivated to leave Italy, as he is yet to make an appearance this season.

If everything turns out as planned, Mandzukic is expected to sign a deal until the summer of 2021. He would reportedly earn $5.5 million annually.

There was a lot of interest in Mario Mandzukic’s services over the summer, but he opted to remain with Seria A giants. It turned out to be a mistake, as Juve’s new boss isn’t a fan of his playing style. When it became obvious that his time in Italy is finished, Mandzukic started drawing interest from several clubs from China and the Middle East as well as MLS powerhouse LAFC. Still, he turned down all of those offers in favor of remaining in Europe.

Mandzukic is expected to add a badly needed boost to Manchester United’s attack, which struggled to get goals so far in the season. United only scored nine goals in eight matches of the Premier League so far, while claiming just two wins in the process.