Do any of these clubs really have a chance to sign Mario Mandzukic?
As reported by Sport1, almost all top clubs in the Premier League are interested in signing Mario Mandzukic from Bayern for the next season. The 27-year-old Croatian would cost around 23 million Euros but are Bayern really interested in selling him?
The situation is not new for him and meanwhile he can probably smile about it. When Bayern signed him two years ago from Wolfsburg, they were thinking of him as a strong alternative to their top striker Mario Gomez.
Mandzukic was supposed to be the second man for Bayern’s one-man-attack when Gomez needed a break. In the end it turned out to be different. Gomez got injured at the beginning of the season and Mandzukic played so well in his absence that the coach Heynckes didn’t think of replacing him even after Gomez was fit again. Gomez got frustrated and left after the season to Florence.
At the beginning of this season the situation was very similar. Bayern presented Guardiola as their new coach and Götze as the new star of the team. Everybody was sure that Mandzukic would suffer from this change more than others as Guardiola was famous for preferring technically strong strikers who contribute a lot to the attacking pass game.
Götze is exactly that kind of player whereas Mandzukic seemed to be more the classical scoring striker, scoring balance of 15 goals but only 1 assist last season in 24 Bundesliga matches.
Götze was injured at the beginning of the season and Mandzukic showed once again that it would be very hard for the coach to leave him off the pitch. So far he has scored 17 goals and provided 5 assists in 23 Bundesliga appearances and therefore has already topped his numbers from last year. Götze is fit now but normally both of them play together.
Next season there will be a new challenge for him. This time Mario Mandzukic’s competition will be Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund and once again newspapers are speculating that Mandzukic might leave the club because he could be afraid that Guardiola might prefer the Polish striker.
That’s why Mandzukic is now linked to almost any top club in the Premier League that has enough money to purchase him.
Bayern would be making a huge mistake if they let him go, because he is the important finiteness to Bayern’s endless passing game which is so typical for Guardiola’s teams. At the end it’s the goals that count and not the ball possession.
A lot of Bayern fans probably agreed with the German icon and former Bayern player Franz Beckenbauer when he said after the 1-1 in the second leg against Arsenal that “if this is the philosophy, then we will have a lot of fun. Then they will probably start to play like Barcelona, that you can’t watch playing anymore as they even play the ball backwards when it’s already on the goal line.”
Mandzukic doesn’t play for the beauty of the game but for the results. He is the perfect player in the penalty box and never fears to go where it hurts.
He would be the ideal asset to a team like Chelsea with their strong attacking midfield. However, it’s not very likely that Guardiola will fulfill this desire to help his old mate Mourinho.