Bayern Munich have confirmed that there are a number of clubs chasing Manchester United and Arsenal target Mario Mandzukic ahead of the summer transfer window.
Rumours have been rife concerning the Croatian forward’s future in recent weeks, with the general consensus being that he will look for a way out of the Allianz Arena once Robert Lewandowski arrives - as he’s scheduled to do at the end of the season. However Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has moved to refute speculation that he will leave Germany, though he did admit that the striker wasn’t short of admirers.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing German sources, Rummenigge said: "He has a contract until 2016. I recently exchanged with his advisor and told him saying that we were ready to discuss a possible extension. We are very happy with Mario, this is a very important player. I know that several clubs are interested in him. But I think he will remain beyond the current season."
Mandzukic has been linked in particular with a move to the Premier League, where United are joined by the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea on the list of clubs who are interested in signing him. Despite having scored an impressive 23 goals this campaign, the 27-year-old is tipped to struggle to hold on to his first team sport when Lewandowski arrives, and so a move to a new team may be a prospect that he takes into serious consideration.