Mario Mandzukic transfer news update - will Chelsea, Arsenal be happy?

Bayern Munich have spoken out over the reported interest in their striker.

A reported transfer target for both Chelsea and Arsenal has effectively been ruled out as a viable option for interested parties in the summer market, as Mario Mandzukic is not going anywhere, if quotes from Bayern Munich sport director Matthias Sammer are anything to go by.

"No one needs to start knocking on our door about Mandzukic," said Sammer to Sky Deutscheland. "He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal. It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game.

"They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his work-rate."

Speculation had been rife that Mandzukic would be discarded in order to make room for incoming Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, from Borussia Dortmund.

With Premier League clubs missing out on Lewandowski, their attentions then moved to Mandzukic.

Valued at £26.5m by, Mandzukic, 27, has scored 17 and set up six goals from 1,938 minutes of Bundesliga action - a strike efficiency of a goal scored or provided once every 84 minutes he is on the field.

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