Bayern Munich prepared to sell Mario Mandzukic for £19m this summer

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Bayern Munich are prepared to offload striker Mario Mandzukic for approximately £5 million less than his £24 million asking price.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest in Mandzukic with the player having confirmed his plans to leave the Allianz Arena and, according to The Daily Star, the Bavarian giants are seemingly willing to offload him for a figure of around the £19 million mark to ensure that such a sale goes through this summer.

Such news will presumably come as an enormous boost to those aforementioned Premier League clubs in pursuit of Mandzukic, with each evidently pursuing a variety of transfer options ahead of what is sure to be a remarkably busy summer.

Mandzukic's exit from Bayern Munich may come as somewhat of a surprise to many, particularly given just how successful they have been during his two-year stint in the Bundesliga.

However at 28, it is perfectly understandable that the Croatian international - who will surely start up front for Croatia during their opening World Cup fixture against hosts Brazil on Thursday evening in Sao Paulo - will want to secure the best possible chance of first-team football under a manager whose tactics play to his obvious strengths moving forward.

With Bayern about to receive the services of Robert Lewandowski on a full-time basis with his imminent move from rivals Borussia Dortmund, it appears very likely that Mandzukic will see his role radically reduced next season.

A physically imposing and criminally underrated forward, Mandzukic could be a more than adequate solution to the problems being experienced in the final third by both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

While it is perhaps accurate to suggest that his name does not carry the same sort of weight as many other top European strikers, his goal record at the Allianz Arena - 33 goals in 54 domestic appearances - is certainly not one to be scoffed at in the slightest.

With Olivier Giroud's form having tailed off rather dramatically towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign as the Frenchman evidently suffered as a result of having little competition for a starting berth, Mandzukic's arrival would boost Arsenal's options in the final third quite considerably.

Manduzkic would also be capable of having quite an impact at Chelsea as they seek to bounce back from a trophyless season back under Mourinho's watchful gaze.

Although the club are expected to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa in the near future, the less-than impressive performances provided by the likes of the recently departed Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba last term proved that Mourinho should be in the market for more than one attacking upgrade.

Manchester United are not so desperate for a striker at first glance, although the wealth of rumours linking them with additions in that particular area of late may hint otherwise.

Unless Javier Hernandez were to exit Old Trafford this summer, I find it somewhat difficult to envisage a scenario where Manchester United go on to recruit a truly top-class new frontman who would threaten to relegate Robin van Persie - a known favourite of manager Louis van Gaal - to the substitutes bench.

However, it could well be that Van Gaal does not see Mandzukic as a world-class striker and rather a relatively affordable and attainable option to provide support to his compatriot.

This would be unlikely to appease Mandzukic though, and it is difficult to see him transferring to a club where he will not be an automatic first-choice selection.

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