German newspaper Bild is claiming that a deal to bring Mario Mandzukic to Madrid has been done – and that the striker will sign a 5-year-deal with Atlético de Madrid for a fee of €22 million euros.
Bayern Munich have also confirmed the transfer, saying that a verbal agreement is in place, ‘but nothing is signed yet’.
The future of the Croatian striker has been in doubt since the end of the season, when he told Karl Heinz Rummenigge (the Bayern chairman) that he wanted out of German champions.
The 28-year-old has been identified by Atleti as the man to help defend their Spanish crown, replacing Diego Costa, who left for Chelsea just last week in a €40m deal.
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Mandzukic has an excellent goalscoring record over the last two seasons, and will slot into an Atleti side that is desperately in need of a goalscorer following the loss of not just one, but two striker, following David Villa’s move to New York.
We’re hoping that he’s not the only striker to join over the coming weeks. Atleti are still being heavily linked with Romelu Lukaku, who said he will decide his future now he has returned from the World Cup.
The rumours are still flying over the possibility of Negredo too – with some fans considering whether or not he is a better fit than Mandzukic.
Nevertheless, official confirmation is expected in the next couple of days, along with the transfer of Jan Oblak, after the Slovenian goalkeeper passed a medical with Atlético.