Manchester United, Chelsea & Arsenal face fight for Mandzukic

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Manchester United and Arsenal are facing a stern battle for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and not just from Premier League rivals Chelsea, reports the Daily Express.

Mandzukic has failed to become a first team regular at Bayern Munich this season but has still scored an impressive 21 goals. Despite his reliant form, Pep Guardiola is willing to sell the Croatian in the summer and Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are thought to be among the most interested.

Reports yesterday claimed that Jose Mourinho has already been offered the chance to sign Mandzukic, putting them firmly ahead in the race for his signature.

But Juventus are also ready to throw their hat in the ring with £25m thought to be enough to coax Bayern into selling. The Italian giants are running away with the Serie A this season but will seek to solidify their dominance in the summer.

They currently have Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco to call upon but will look to sell the latter two and replace them with more established stars like Mandzukic.

But the Premier League trio are also desperate to add to reinforcements and have all earned more money than Juventus having made the latter stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal have struggled to replace Robin van Persie since his transfer to Old Trafford and, although Olivier Giroud has held his own, Arsene Wenger is thought to be looking for more this summer.

Chelsea have too been struggling without a star striker - a fact highlighted by Fernando Torres' failings against Aston Villa last weekend.

David Moyes is expected to sell Javier Hernandez this summer and sees Mandzukic as one of a number of potential replacements. Manchester United are also reported to be interested in another Bayern Munich star in Toni Kroos.

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