Wolfsburg rule out a move for Arsenal target Mandzukic

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs says the club have no plans to re-sign Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich.

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have ruled themselves out of the running for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic.

The 12 goals, three assists forward has been linked with a move away from the German champions after the World Cup in the summer after confirmation that Robert Lewandowski will be linking up with Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Bundesliga club were an obvious destination for the Croatian as he only left them two years ago when he originally moved to the Allianz Arena but Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs says a return won’t be happening.

“There are no arrangements about a return. And that is also not an issue. It is, however, required that we will keep our eyes and ears open. I don't think it's necessary to cross someone off an imaginary list,” he told Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.

Arsenal have been touted as a possible destination for the 27-year-old as Arsene Wenger will be looking to add attacking support to the trio of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner at the end of the season.

Mandzukic’s agent is staying quiet over his client’s future, admitting that he won’t talk about a potential transfer away from the German and European giants until the end of the season.

Guardiola is under no pressure to sell because the player signed a long term deal when he first joined the club, which runs until 2016.

However, the fact that Mandzukic’s role at Bayern Munich is likely to change due to the arrival of Lewandowski then a substantial offer could be enough to urge him to push for a move away.

Lewandowski has emerged as one of the best strikers in Europe over the last two years and while Guardiola plays down the idea of the Pole going straight into his first team, it would be a surprise if he doesn’t or if Guardiola suddenly opts for a two man attack.

A move is still possible but the Gunners may have to compete against other high profile sides in the summer to get the star.

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