Mandzukic Has Decided To Join Man United Before January Window

Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their first goal with Stephan Lichtsteiner.

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Manchester United’s transfer aims will have to be specific going into the winter window. Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has strongly underplayed expectations, there is no doubt that there is still scope for numerous additions to the Old Trafford outfit.

The most notable region is their frontline, with an attacking midfielder and a backup striker crucial to any hope they may harbor of continuing their recent spell of good form where the goals have been flowing in plenty.

The period when Anthony Martial was injured and Marcus Rashford struggled as the lone striker alone ought to have illustrated for the club the need to acquire a striker in January.

However, now one may be on his way in December itself.

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According to Tuttosport, Mario Mandzukic wants to join Manchester United earlier than the stipulated January period when the transfer window officially opens.

The striker has been left out of action at Juventus and was slated to join the Mancunian outfit in the summer. However, the deal is understood to have fallen apart and now the report cites the player’s wish to join United earlier.

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Further, the main aim of joining the club in December itself is to get to know his teammates well and to train with them, a feat that hasn’t graced him at the Serie A giants, given the fact that he wasn’t even named in the Old Lady’s Champions League squad.

However, in order for such an arrangement to function, both United and Juventus will have to agree to an informal agreement in order to gain special permission for the Croatian’s training needs.

This report does paint a very promising picture for the striker joining United. Further still, a striker of his experience and goalscoring caliber would be the ideal short-term solution for Solskjaer’s present dearth of attacking players.