Beckenbauer: Arsenal striking target could be “packing his bags”

The Bavarian giants’ honorary president has confessed that Mario Mandzukic could well be on his way this summer.

Bayern Munich beat a number of English clubs to the free transfer signing of Robert Lewandowski in January, with the Borussia Dortmund man set to move to the Allianz Arena this summer.

The Polish forward’s arrival could well cast doubts over the future of Mario Mandzukic at the Bundesliga giants, with only room for one main striker in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

The Croatia international has been linked with a switch to both Arsenal and Juventus in recent times, and Franz Beckenbauer has given the Gunners hope that Mandzukic could well be available this summer once Lewandowski arrives.

The former Germany international was asked by 11 Freunde magazine if the new man’s arrival could mean Mandzukic has to pack his bags, and Beckenbauer confirmed that an exit could well be on the cards.

"Yes. I assume that Lewandowski will be an immediate hit,” Beckenbauer stated.

“His style fits Guardiola's tactics better that a pure box striker like Mandzukic. Plus, Pep could also put Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze up front."

Mandzukic has done well at Bayern since a move to Bavaria back in the summer of 2012, and as such will not be short of suitors if he becomes available.

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