Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic a reported target for Arsenal – is on the verge of signing for Atletico Madrid, according to Croatian media.
Atletico had a stunning season under Diego Simeone, clinching the La Liga title for the first time in nearly 20 years, before losing in the Champions League final to city rivals Real Madrid. Yet with great success comes interest from other clubs, and that has certainly rung true this summer.
Chelsea have already agreed a deal to snap up striker Diego Costa. The striker hit 35 goals in all competitions last summer.
His £32m move to Stamford Bridge means Atletico have a huge hole to fill, but they have money to sign someone to fill it – and reports in Croatia suggest that Mandzukic is set to make the move to the Spanish capital to replace Costa.
The Croatian international has been prolific in the last two seasons, but a bust-up with Bayern boss Pep Guardiola and the arrival of Roberto Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena has led to speculation that the 28-year-old would be sold this summer, with Arsenal reportedly interested in signing him to upgrade on Olivier Giroud.
Yet the reports today suggest that Mandzukic is nearing a move to Atlético
Wenger must now find his nasty streak and try to tempt Mandzukic to North London if he wishes to snatch Mandzukic from Atlético at the 11th hour