Chelsea plot £40m summer move for Manchester United target

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Bayern Munich frontman Mario Mandzukic has emerged as a summer transfer target for Chelsea, with The Sun reporting that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has the Croatian on his wishlist as he prepares to spend big to end his curious striker problem.

The British newspaper suggests that Mourinho believes the recruitment of a new forward could transform Chelsea from title challengers into Premier League champions, with Bayern Munich's Mandzukic featuring on a three-man target list.

The 27-year-old moved to the Bundesliga champions from rivals Wolfsburg in 2012. He has gone on to prove a useful purchase for the Bavarian giants during his subsequent two-year spell at the Allianz Arena, with his most famous moment perhaps coming with his opening goal against Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final.

He has also netted 11 goals in 18 top-flight appearances so far this season under Pep Guardiola.

However, despite a good run of form, it initially looked as if Mandzukic could exit the Bavarian outfit in January, with Premier League champions Manchester United linked with the striker.

He stayed put beyond the end of the window, however, but it appears that Chelsea are now keen.

Mourinho has somewhat of a problem in the forward department at Stamford Bridge, with none of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba exactly proving undroppable so far this season.

It would certainly not be a shock to see the Chelsea manager make a play for a new striker during the summer, particularly one with an impressive goalscoring pedigree.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given Chelsea's reputation for spending big sums of money on new players in the Roman Abramovich era, it is reported that the club could spend as much as £40 million on Mandzukic or another striker.

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