Much admired Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has shattered Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of signing him, as he edges towards a move to La Liga champions Atlético Madrid.
Spanish newspaper Marca has reported, that the Madrid club have finished negotiations with Bayern Munich, which has seen the two clubs finally strike a deal that will see Mandzukic move for €20 million.
The arrival of Robert Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund essentially meant that Mandzukic was to be replaced, or moved down in the pecking order at least.
The 28-year-old Croat a scored an impressive total 26 goals for Bayern last season which was four more than their previous campaign the season before. All of which, attracted much interest from some of Europe's top clubs, most noticeably in England.
There had been very heavy speculation for the Croatian international to join the Premier League after the World Cup, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea keeping a very close eye, after the Bayern man signalled his intentions to leave.
There were even reports that Mandzukic's agent had met with both the Gunners and Chelsea to discuss a deal as both clubs look for another proven goalscorer to add to their ranks. However no concrete negotiations ever materialised.
West Londoners Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Atlético's Spanish front-man Diego Costa, with a an agreement having been reached over a fee, although the deal has yet to be officially completed.
This may of directly related to Atletico boss Diego Simeone and the clubs chiefs waiting for the capture of their replacement striker as assurance, before they let Costa leave for pastures new.
Costa's goals played a pivotal part in Atlético winning La Liga last season and it's more goals that the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho craves for next season.
Now that the Spanish club have their man, it shouldn't be too long before the Stamford Bridge club unveil their new star striker, in what is thought to cost the Blues £32.5 million.
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