Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all appear to have failed in their pursuit of striker Mario Mandzukic this summer.
The Croatian international forward has been heavily linked with a move away from Bayern Munich, with reports last week claiming the Gunners were ready to make a £15million move for the player.
Both the Blues and Red Devils have also been keeping tabs on the situation, but The Daily Star now claims that it’s Wolfsburg who are going to be calling on the 28-year-old’s services in the Bundesliga next season.
The paper cites speculation in Die Welt when reporting that he’s on the verge of rejoining his former club, despite being courted by some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
"Bayern star Mandzukic will probably start the new season again for Lower Saxony [Wolfsburg]. It's all about details,” wrote the publication.
It’s sure to be a blow to the interested trio, who are all being linked with strikers despite seemingly vast differences in terms of depth in the position.
Manchester United interest
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be looking to make his mark at the club as soon as possible, and a significant signing in the transfer window would do that for the Dutchman.
A striker wouldn’t appear to be the priority however, with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney two world class options available to the Red Devils chief.
That said, Mandzukic would have provided a more direct option at Old Trafford, but the Manchester United pursuit now seems to have been in vain.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are expected to have a forward clear-out this summer, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o all failing to make the lone position their own at Stamford Bridge in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jose Mourinho is expected to bring Diego Costa to west London at some stage this summer, although the deal is yet to be completed for the Blues and they are still in the market.
Again, Mandzukic would be something different to what ‘the special one’ can currently call upon, but bigger money looks set to be spent elsewhere at Chelsea in the transfer window.
Arsenal are perhaps the team most in need of a striker, with Olivier Giroud finding little in the way of back-up at the Emirates Stadium last season.
However, Joel Campbell is expected to return to north London after the World Cup, whilst Carlos Vela looks like a different player following his spell in Spain. The Gunners are tipped to re-sign the Mexican.
Arsene Wenger will still be wary of the losing the later though, and if they do decide to let Vela leave again then the Arsenal boss is sure to have a replacement in mind.
If it was Mandzukic, then the Frenchman will now need to set his sights elsewhere.