Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will all have been encouraged by the latest comments to emerge regarding the future of one of their major summer transfer targets.
All three of the clubs from Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge may have been thinking they would have to look elsewhere for a striker this summer after reports heavily linked mutual target Mario Mandzukic with a return to former club Wolfsburg.
The race is back on
However, they may now be able to renew their interest after a board member from the Bundesliga side made it clear the 28-year-old would not be returning for a second spell at Volkswagen Arena.
"Mandzukic will not return to Wolfsburg," Stephan Gruhsem told German football magazine Kicker.
Arsenal had been linked with a £15million bid for the Croatia international as an alternative to Italy striker Mario Balotelli this week, but have been credited with an interest in the Bayern Munich star. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new striker to help take some of the burden off Olivier Giroud, who was the only viable centre-forward option last season and suffered physically as a result.
Chelsea striker change-up
Chelsea are also reportedly looking for strikers this summer and Mandzukic was linked with the Blues as part of a double swoop with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho wants to overhaul his centre-forward options after the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba all failed to impress when given a chance in the lone striker role last season.
Manchester United rebuild
However, Manchester United are undertaking something of a rebuild under new manager Louis van Gaal and the prolific striker is reportedly one of the names they were hoping to have in place in the squad when the Dutchman takes over at Old Trafford after the World Cup.
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