Arsenal & Chelsea hold talks over Mario Mandzukic

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The agent of Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic has met with Arsenal and Chelsea to discuss a potential summer transfer, reports respected Sky Sport Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Mandzukic has been on fire for Bayern Munich this season, scoring 21 times despite being in and out of the first team. However, with Robert Lewandowski set to join Pep Guardiola in the summer, Bayern are happy to sell the 27-year-old for the right price.

Valued at £25m, Mandzukic his already attracting interest from a host of top European clubs. Real Madrid and Manchester United have both been linked with summer transfer bids and it appears his agent is actively seeking a new club for his client.

Mandzukic's representative flew to London this week to start preliminary discussions with both Arsenal and Chelsea regarding a potential summer transfer. Both the Gunners and and the Blues are thought to be seeking attacking reinforcements this summer.

Arsenal have relied heavily on Olivier Giroud and are set to release Nicklas Bendtner, whose contract expires at the end of the month. Meanwhile Jose Mourinho has struggled to choose between Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba with all three failing to find their best form.

In fact Chelsea are rumoured to be readying for a complete overhaul up front. Torres and Ba are likely to be sold while Eto'o's expiring contract will not be renewed.

With Manchester United also looking to sign a world-class striker, competition for quality goal-scorers is set to be at an all-time high this summer, making Mandzukic a valuable commodity.

It is thought the meeting between his agent, Chelsea and Arsenal was just to get a clearer idea of how interested the Premier League rivals are in making a formal transfer bid.

He will continue to scour Europe in an attempt to drum up some interest in his client, whose time at Bayern Munich looks to be over.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is rumoured to have as much as £150m to spend this summer and could seriously compete for Mandzukic even if Old Trafford doesn't have Champions League football next season

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