Zlatan Ibrahimović is the number one target of Milan but he’s taking his time and so Mario Mandžukić has emerged as a possible alternative.
Milan have struggled greatly for goals since the start of the season and with the January transfer market opening in a few weeks, it’s clear that they want a striker.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is undoubtedly the first choice of the Rossoneri management. But, as reported by Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio yesterday and by Sportmediaset and Milannews.it today, Ibra is taking his time and still choosing his next club, and so the club has identified Mandžukić as an alternative.
The situation of Mandžukić was broken down by Pietro Mazzara of Milannews.it today: the 33-year-old has been training alone since October and is far from the plans of Juve, who would be very willing to sell him in January. Mario is said to be in good physical condition and eager to return to play.
Mandžukić has a very high salary – between €5.5m and €6m net per season, which is €11m gross. It’s obvious that should Milan sign him, he’d have to drastically reduce his wages, but this high figure contributes to Juve’s desire to offload him. His price would be relatively low, although of course not as low as Ibra’s who is coming as a free agent after ending his contract at Los Angeles Galaxy.
Mediaset claims that Zvonimir Boban has contacted the Croatian striker but the number one target remains the 38-year-old Zlatan, who wants an 18-month contract with a big salary.