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Mario Mandzukic subject of Manchester United and Liverpool enquiries

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Manchester United and Liverpool have made enquiries to Atletico Madrid about the possible availability of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic ahead of the summer transfer window.

According to Spanish publication AS, the Premier League giants have both been in touch with the recently dethroned La Liga champions to identify whether or not they'd be prepared to cash-in on the 29-year-old talisman during the close season.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a new marksman to replace Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford following his unsuccessful season-long stint in England's top-flight.

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Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, wants to add more of a goalscoring threat to his Anfield team after an underwhelming 2014/15 campaign which came as a result of Luis Suarez's high-profile sale to Barcelona.

The Uruguayan's strike partner Daniel Sturridge suffered an injury ravaged season last term as well, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of goals scored by the Merseyside club, which contributed towards a disappointing sixth place finish in the league.

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Mandzukic would be a quality acquisition for either Manchester United or Liverpool, but they face stiff competition from Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg, who are also allegedly interested in securing the Atletico star's signature.

With Bas Dost set to depart the Volkswagen Arena, manager Dieter Hecking is eager to bring in a suitable replacement, and thinks that the former Bayern Munich man is perfect for the job.

Sporting director Klaus Allofs recently played down speculation linking the club with a player that previously represented them between 2010 and 2012, before moving to the Allianz Arena for around €13 million.

However, Die Wolfe supporters have become accustomed to taking the senior chief's comments with a pinch of salt given that he always likes to keep his cards close to his chest when it comes to prospective signings.

Juventus, AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg have also been mooted as admirers of Mandzukic by AS, so it's hardly surprising Allofs wants to keep his transfer intentions a secret.

Where do you think Mario Mandzukic should move to this summer? Manchester United, Liverpool or VfL Wolfsburg - or alternatively somewhere else? Share your thoughts in the comment box below...

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