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Diego Simeone makes new Mario Mandzukic claim

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hailed striker Mario Mandzukic as a 'great player', but has admitted that the forward 'annoys' him easily. 

As reported by the Daily Mail, Simeone, who led the Spanish outfit to a third placed finish in La Liga last term, has admitted that the Croatian forward was upset by his dip in form in the second half of the campaign. 

In fact, the same report has revealed that the Spanish outfit have offered the striker to Premier League outfit Manchester United, who are seemingly in the market to improve their strike force this summer. 

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Mixed feelings

Mandzukic, then, despite only starring at Atletico for just one season, could leave the club behind sooner rather than later, with his current boss Simeone clearly having mixed feelings over the player. 

Simeone told AS: "He (Mandzukic) annoys me easily, that's the reality. 'He is a great player and a decent lad. He himself is down about not maintaining the form he displayed up until February.

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"We sat down together and aimed to improve on his record of 28 goals at Bayern. This wasn't possible and it upset him.

"For the last game he sent me a message saying he wanted to travel with the lads. I know he gave his all and thanks to him we secured third place in La Liga."

It remains to be seen as to whether the Manchester United hierarchy will step up their interest in the 29-year-old in the near future, but he'd certainly make quite the signing for the Red Devils, who must improve up front after the departure of struggling Colombian front man Radamel Falcao. 

Attacking changes to happen 

And Mandzukic would no doubt provide Louis van Gaal and Co. with another option in attack, and would no doubt excel in the Premier League. One thing's for sure, he certainly wouldn't be daunted by the physical nature of the league, and this may well be a signing that United officials look to pull off. 

A strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Mandzukic would no doubt give Premier League defenders something to think about, while Robin van Persie has a big decision to make regarding his future, too. 

At the end of the day, the Dutchman surely won't be happy with sitting on the bench at Old Trafford next term, so it may well prove the right decision for him to move on sooner rather than later after a tricky couple of seasons in Manchester. 

Another United striker who must think about things this summer is young James Wilson. The talented forward, who enjoyed some game time under Van Gaal last term, is clearly in need of first-team football on a regular basis, as he continues his development in the game. Perhaps he should opt for a loan move before returning to Old Trafford with more experience. 

Van Gaal and Co. have big decisions to make, as they look to get their strike-force right for next season's title push. 

Manchester United fans: Do you want Mandzukic to join your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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