Mario Mandzukic won't leave Bayern Munich this summer

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Bayern Munich believe Mario Mandzukic will stay with the club for the foreseeable future, but confirm clubs have started to show an interest.

The imminent arrival of Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski is set to push the Croatia international down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena. As a result, Mandzukic is continually being linked with a move away from Bavaria.

Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly ahead of the queue for his services with reports last week claiming the player's agent had flown to London to hold talks with both clubs over a potential £25m move.

However, the 27-year-old has made an important contribution to Bayern this season, scoring 22 goals in 29 starts as well as conjuring up six assists. Despite the fact that Bayern have Lewandowski to come, they still want Mandzukic to stay and have no interest in offloading him in the summer.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is hoping to persuade the the current top scorer in the BUndesliga to reject interest from England and commit to a future with the current European champions.

He told Welt am Sonntag: "Mario Mandzukic is under contract with our club.

"I am definitely aware that many clubs have started to show an interest in Mario's services, but I believe he will be with our club way beyond the end of this season."

Arsene Wenger seems the keenest on signing a new striker in the summer as his Arsenal team continue to struggle with just Olivier Giroud in their ranks. Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo have proved to be ineffective reserves for the Frenchman, leaving him overworked and fatigued.

Similarly, Mourinho has been unable to spark the best form out of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba this season. There are reports suggest the the Chelsea boss will offload all three in the summer and may even opt to sell Romelu Lukaku as well, leaving him without a recognised striker in the squad.

It is, therefore, likely that Mourinho will target Mandzukic as one of several striker additions at Stamford Bridge this summer. However, based on Bayern Munich position, it looks as though signing the player won't be as easy as first thought.  

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