Mario Mandzukic has fallen onto Real Madrid's transfer radar after admitting he will leave Bayern Munich this summer, reports Marca.
The Croatian striker revealed that he is set to depart the Allianz Arena this summer after failing to convince Pep Guardiola that he can fit into his desired system. The news comes despite the fact that Mandzukic scored an impressive 26 goals last season.
"At Bayern it was fantastic. It's a fantastic club. Indeed, until recently I didn't even think about leaving, and especially that it would happen now," he told Sportske novosti.
"Let's be honest, the style Guardiola wants at Bayern doesn't suit me.
"When it's like that, I don't feel good and it's best for everyone that we part."
The news would have alerted Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea as all three of the Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old.
Chelsea are moving closer to signing Diego Costa but Jose Mourinho was hoping for a complete overhaul of his frontline and wanted Mandzukic to supplement the Brazilian-born striker at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal seemed to be the most interested party as Arsene Wenger looks to provide world-class competition for Olivier Giroud this summer. Arsenal relied heavily upon the Frenchman last season and have since lost squad players Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young, both of whom need replacing.
Playing catch up to their Premier League rivals was Manchester United, who are keen to spend heavily in order to re-establish themselves as a top club under Louis van Gaal next season. However, without European football, attracting top stars ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea would always be difficult.
However, all three will now be trailing Real Madrid in the chase for Mandzukic, after the La Liga club were alerted to his impending exit along with the Premier League trio.
Real Madrid sits as the most attractive option of the three with the chance to win major titles as well as play in the famous white shirt outweighing anything Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United can offer.
Los Blancos want to sign a striker this summer but have yet to decide on whether or not a big bid for Luis Suarez is necessary. Mandzukic will provide competition for Karim Benzema and would be a healthy replacement for Alvaro Morata, but wouldn't be the mega-star signing fans at the Bernabeu have come to expect.