Arsenal and Chelsea have been told not to bother making a move for Mario Mandzukic this summer, as Bayern Munich chief Matthias Sammer ruled out a departure from the Allianz Arena.
According to Goal Sammer has insisted that any potential suitors for Bayern’s Croatian forward would be wasting their time, as he has a future with the Bundesliga champions despite the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski. Rumours of late have claimed that both Arsenal and Chelsea were in contact with Mandzukic’s representatives over a possible switch to the Premier League this summer, but Sammer was quick to stamp out any credibility they might carry.
“Nobody even has to bother making an approach for Mandzukic," Sammer said.
"He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal.
"It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game.
"They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his work-rate."
Recent reports have valued Mandzukic at £25million, which would be a relative steal for major clubs in Europe. Having scored 17 goals in 28 domestic appearances for Bayern the 27-year-old is a proven marksman, and with Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho both in dire need of a consistent striker, his arrival would surely boost either squad.
However it would seem that neither boss will have an easy time of it with regards to coaxing his club into a sale. The stance may change if Mandzukic loses his place when Lewandowski arrives, but for now it looks as though he will be staying in Munich for the foreseeable future.