Chelsea to make Mandzukic offer

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to rival Arsenal and Manchester United for Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.

According to the Daily Express the Chelsea manager is not just after Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa. He also wants to bring in Mandzukic, who is expected to leave the Allianz Arena after the World Cup.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has moved to bring in Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, so Mandzukic's playing time would be limited even further next term.

As a result he's ready to move on, and he's got no shortage of suitors with Arsenal, United and Chelsea among the frontrunners.

Chelsea are planning a £20m bid, which would take their total outlay on a new strike force to £52m. They're expected to complete the £32m capture of Costa in the next few days.

It would mean Mourinho would have a completely new look forward line next season, with Samuel Eto'o to depart Chelsea and Demba Ba expected to follow him. Fernando Torres remains, but has also been linked with a move.

Mourinho often complained publicly about a lack of cutting edge last season, but a strike partnership of Mandzukic and Costa would be one of the most formidable in Europe.

It's unlikely to be their only business in the window either, as Chelsea have also been heavily linked with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona midfielder has been informed that he can leave the Nou Camp, and Chelsea and United are competing for his signature.

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