Manchester United and Arsenal appear set to miss out on the signing of Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic, after the German club's chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, insisted he would not be sold, according to the Metro.
This follows talk suggesting that the Croatian forward would be sold by Bayern given the imminent purchase of Robert Lewandowski.
The European champions purchased Mandzukic in 2012, but it’s widely believed that Lewandowski will become the number one forward when he arrives at the Allianz Arena.
Both United and Arsenal have been credited with subsequent interest in the 27-year-old, who is valued at around £20million by transfermarkt.com, but it now seems as though any efforts to sign him are futile.
Rummenigge said: “We’re very happy with Mario.
“He made a major contribution to us winning so many titles last year. I just have to think back to the goal in London.
“He’s a fantastic player who has come on leaps and bounds with Bayern.
“His contract runs until 2016 and I told his advisor in Marrakech that we would be willing to talk about an extension. We have absolutely no intention of selling Mario.”
The comments made by the Bayern chief will likely be a blow to Mandzukic’s Premier League suitors, who will have to turn to other options.
Arsene Wenger is thought to be intent on securing the services of a renowned goalscorer this month whilst David Moyes is expected to spend to bolster his side’s chances of climbing back up the table.