It all started Friday, when Franz Beckenbauer, honorary vice-president at the Allianz Arena, said this on the subject of the Croatian international’s future at the club:
“Mandzukic could pack his bags. I don’t think Mandzukic suits Pep Guardiola’s style. Also – even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze in attack.”
Then he found himself out of the squad for the Bundesliga champion’s Friday fixture after Guardiola was unimpressed with his efforts in training on Thursday.
Add to that David Moyes’ presence at that very Bayern v Borussia Monchengladbach game and the rumour mill had all the ingredients for a good churning.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski arrives at the club in the summer on a Bosman ruling and Mandzukic’s time at the club appears to have come to an abrupt end.
But on the face of it, it is hard to see why…
Mandzukic has scored 14 goals in 26 games for club and country this season - and last campaign he bagged 20 in 41 under Jupp Heynckes.
But one Bayern legend is not at all surprised to see the club being so ruthless with one of their star strikers.
Oliver Kahn played over 500 games for the Bavarian outfit and is a regular contributor to German media Bild.
And in his blog today he stated:
"Just look in the past and you'll see that Bayern strikers often only have a short shelf-life. Even when they score lots of goals, they get swapped, and Mario Mandzukic risks the same fate. Everybody at Bayern is dispensable, particularly the strikers."
And you know what … he is right.
Giovane Elber, Luca Toni, Roy Makaay and of course Mario Gomez are all players who were still scoring goals when Bayern let them go.
And if United and Arsenal are serious in their pursuit of the player - they will hope Khan’s comments become prophetic.
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