Arsenal and Chelsea must play the waiting game for news on striker target Mario Mandzukic.
The Bayern Munich star has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga this summer, with both the Gunners and Blues linked with a move for the Croatian international forward. He scored twice at the World Cup, but couldn’t help his country through to the knockout stages.
Having returned home from South America early, speculation has only intensified over his future at the Allianz Arena. And, the player’s agent has revealed that there could be news in the next 72-hours, with interested parties forced to wait until Wednesday or Thursday.
"For the time being there has been no contact with Inter, the same goes for all clubs in the Italian, Spanish and German leagues,” Ivan Cvjetkovic told calciomercato.com.
"Are we interested in going to Inter? At the moment, I can't give you any answers. However, there could be some new developments this coming Wednesday or Thursday.”
Cvjetkovic did not reference the Premier League, but reports earlier in the month claimed that £19million could be enough for an English club to sign the forward in the transfer window. It remains to be seen whether anyone takes advantage of that fact.
Arsenal are certainly light of a striker, having relied heavily on Olivier Giroud last season. There was little back-up behind the Frenchman, with Nicklas Bendtner subsequently released this summer.
Joel Campbell is set to return to the Emirates Stadium this summer after a successful loan in Greece last season and subsequent World Cup campaign, but the Gunners will still need at least one more player in the position if they are to challenge for more trophies next season.
Arsene Wenger has been working at the World Cup for French television, and if the Arsenal boss didn’t already know enough about the Croatian then his two performances wouldn’t have done any harm.
Whilst Chelsea have more options available to them in attack, manager Jose Mourinho appears far from convinced with his three main choices. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba all failed to make the position their own when given the chance last term.
Spanish forward Diego Costa has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and could follow compatriot Cesc Fabregas to west London after the Blues made him their first signing of the summer. Big things are expected of the 27-year-old.
Landing a top striker could be pivotal to Mourinho’s chances of winning another Premier League title - as well as the Champions League - next season, and it’ll be imperative that the Chelsea boss makes the right decision in the coming weeks and months.
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