Milan reportedly consider Mandžukić as an alternative to Ibrahimović, Juve are willing to sell the Croatian

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Mario Mandžukić during Genoa-Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

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.

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I get that they want to sign an experienced player who can be a leader, but there’s no point if that player is pure butt cheeks. Mandzukic is definitely finished, Ibra most likely but I’m not sure. Cavani should be the target, Giroud the backup option and Ibra the last resort.

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It would make more sense to me if Milan focused on finding an upgrade to Calhanoglu and Suso than signing players like Ibrahimović and Mandzukic. These players are finished.

Invest in Everton Soares for the LW and Keita Balde for RW. Keita Balde is also a good 2nd striker. Memphis Depay is another player who can help Piatek more than Calhanoglu. These are long term solutions rather than getting Ibrahimovic or Mandzukic.

For midfield we should replace Kessié with Allan from Napoli. He was fined heavy at Napoli and he is desperate to leave.

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Everton Soares should be our main target. However Ibra for the rest of the season makes a great deal of sense. We need defenders to be afraid of our strikers. Ibra on the front lines will make defenders nervous. And it will make room for other players to score.

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Ibra has a bum knee and he’s not the same striker who left Milan. It would make more sense to strengthen the team with better wingers to replace Çalhanoğlu and Suso or switch to 3412 and use Hernandez and Conti as wingers. Play Paquetà behind Piatek and Bonaventura.

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first of all, fvck raiola the walrus for influencing ibra AND donna AND bonad10nho AND soon romag to play hardball with milan. second of all, just because mandzukic cant compete with such firepower like higuain, dybala and cr7 doesnt mean he’s finished. i still remember him owning milan defense last season (and his cheap shot at romag). sarri is an idiot; playing bernadeschi out of position as am instead of dybala or even pjanic, sending mandzukic away etc and the results are showing. if juve still doesnt realize how stupid they are replacing proven winner allegri with this idiot then… Read more »

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Oh man. I miss the days of Van Basten, Gullit, Marco Simone, Papin and Massaro.

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yeah mate, those were the days. when fully fit, that team could kill modern teams, even pep’s barca which’s very weak at aerial duels. imagine puyol or alves defending crosses from donadoni to gullit or san marco, man it’d be blood bath

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Sir, can I bring you a drink?

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Milan10

sure mate, white russian or simple irish cream if u have it please.
regarding ur comment about inter getting ko’d in ucl, i stayed awake until 5 am in the morning watching ucl marathon salzburg – liverpool and inter – barca and boy did i celebrate. anyone who gets sad about inter getting eliminated is either full on fvking fvkwit or interista (which means a fvking fvkwit basically), simple as that. me, i’ve been dortmund admirer since the day they destroyed juve in ucl

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I’m glad I’m not the only supporter out there who is opposed to Ibrahimovic; he has ridiculed our beloved club with his cunning agent. Both are people with zero integrity, same zlatan who back stabbed his home town a month ago. We need players with honor like Theo or Bonaventura (I know the fat pig is his agent but jack loves Milan), on the other hand zlatan is a selfish, egocentric man simply after the game.. that’s why he never really won anything really big; CL, UL, WC …that’s why Guardiola got rid of him. We need someone who had… Read more »

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Yes, yes yes yes and a thousand times yes. Screw Ibra, he left for MLS to retire gracefully, Milan is not china, we need men who are in top form at Europe, I’ve always liked Mandzukic he is a beast confortable to play at different roles. The perfect man for us right now

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