Pep Guardiola has reportedly told the Bayern Munich striker that he wishes him every success at his new club.
Pep Guardiola has reportedly wished Mario Mandzukic good luck at his new club, adding further fuel to the speculation that the powerful Croatian could sign for Chelsea this summer.
According to the Daily Star the Bayern Munich boss said to Mandzukic: “I wish you every success with your new club."
That statement appears to have gained credence with the news that Mandzukic has been left out of the Bayern squad for the DfB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with making a move for the Croatian as they are known to want to bolster their front-line for next campaign.
This season their lack of a clinical striker arguably cost them the Premier League title and Jose Mourinho has made signing a striker his main priority – with a fee already agreed for Diego Costa, according to reports.
If the Portuguese manager could agree a deal to bring Mandzukic to the club, too, then their front-line would look markedly more imposing than it does currently.
Mourinho has had to work with a faltering trio of strikers this campaign in the shape of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o and their collective lack of goals played a major part in Chelsea’s trophyless campaign.
However, if Chelsea can complete deals for Costa, Mandzukic and keep Romelu Lukaku at the club, after he spent last season on loan at Everton, then they will surely be favourites to lift the Premier League trophy next year.
Mandzukic has become available due to Bayern Munich’s signing of Robert Lewandowski from their main Bundesliga competitors Borussia Dortmund, which will take place at the end of the season.
The 6ft 2inch front-man has been a regular starter for Guardiola’s men this campaign, but is thought to be looking to move on now he has been superseded up-front by Lewandowski.
He may feel slightly hard done by, in the sense that his scoring record for the German champions has been mightily impressive since he signed for them in 2012.
The former Werder Bremen man has notched 33 times in 54 domestic games for Bayern and the hope for Chelsea will be that he will be able to continue that form in the Premier League, if he is to sign.