Mario Mandzukic Agrees Three-Year Deal To Join Manchester United

Juventus' Mario Mandzukic before the match.

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Juventus have suddenly become a vital part of Manchester United’s ate transfer plans. The club’s interest in acquiring Romelu Lukaku has opened up many avenues for the Red Devils.

The most talked-about one amongst these is the possibility of Paulo Dybala making the switch to Old Trafford with Lukaku heading the other way.

While this deal has been talked about plenty, there is now another acquisition that the English side could make.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are on the verge of completing the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Juventus. The 33-year-old striker has allegedly agreed to personal terms with the English giants.

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The report adds that the Croatian international has agreed to a three-year-long deal and is set to earn up to £6.2 million-a-year in England which is a massive hike to his current wage package.

Further, the actual nature of the transfer remains to be seen and hinges largely on what decision Dybala makes with regard to moving to Manchester United. If Dybala elects against the swap move, then it is very likely that United will include Mandzukic within the sale of Lukaku.

This makes it clear that the Lukaku exit will occur regardless of what Dybala chooses for his future.

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The report adds that the striker is valued at around £15 million and will function as the Belgian’s direct replacement at Old Trafford. The decision to move was apparently inspired by the fact that Maurizio Sarri didn’t have a place for him in his plans at Turin, akin to what is being reported about the Dybala situation.

It will be interesting to see how supporters of the Red Devils will react to a player in his thirties being signed by Ed Woodward and company, particularly since the cry to remove deadwood from the roster has been predominantly strong this summer.

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