Bayern Munich Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has confirmed that the club will open talks with Mario Mandzukic but they will not stand in his way if he wants to leave this summer.
Speculation continues to grow over the striker’s future with the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski getting closer. But it seems the final blow has been issued by his manager, Pep Guardiola. Even though he is fully fit, he has been dropped from the squad all together for this weekend’s German Cup final.
The Croatian still has two years on his contract but the acquisition of the Borussia Dortmund forward signals that he is no longer valued at the Allianz Arena.
“We'll talk openly and fairly about everything.” He told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. “The issue is open."
“Naturally if Mario stays it won't be easy for him because a world class player is coming to us. The question is whether he confronts this competition or would rather go to another club.”
Lewandowski will join Munich on 1st July and will play his final game against his new club in the German Cup final.The new Bayern striker is craving more silverware and agreed a five year contract in January. According to Sky Sports, the deal to bring the player over is believed to be worth 11 million Euros-a-year.
This year, Lewandowski has scored 26 goals in all competitions but he could add more to this total as well as a trophy to cap off his brilliant career under Jürgen Klopp.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to stay at Signal Iduna Park for a bit longer after a stellar debut season with the Bundesliga runners up. The 27 year old, who made the switch from Ligue 1, has scored 13 goals in this campaign. Although he has been linked with a move to Serie A, club CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke insists he is staying put.
As for Mandzukic, his future could lie in the Premier League as murmurs of a move to Chelsea haven't been ruled out. Even though the Blues look set to secure the services of Diego Costa, Mourinho could be tempted to look to the German giants to bolster his attack.
With David Luiz eyeing up a move, Chelsea could be tempted in a switch deal. After Bayern’s devastating 4-0 defeat against Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League, Guardiola will be looking to add another face into his back-line and as Luiz is preferable to his style of play, this could be the perfect deal for the Spaniard.
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