Die Welt has made a big, bold claim in relation to Mario Mandzukic’s future at Bayern Munich; he doesn’t have one.
The Croatian striker is preparing for the World Cup with his international colleagues and the German publication ha suggested he’ll be looking for a new club after the tournament in Brazil has finished.
Needless to say, the news will come as a big boost to both Arsenal and Chelsea, the two teams strongly linked with signing him.
“Mario Mandzukic has no future at Bayern Munich. The striker is just preparing with the Croatia team before the World Cup in Brazil,” reads the opening of a report on Die Welt’s website.
Arsenal’s need to sign attacking support has been well documented throughout the season.
Each time Olivier Giroud has hit a rough patch, Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to move Lukas Podolski off of the left wing, using Yaya Sanogo up front ahead of Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner.
Reports suggest that the Gunners are more focused on completing a potential £8 million deal for Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy, tipped to move despite QPR’s promotion back into the Premier League.
That would suggest that the situation plays nicely into the hands of Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho standing a great chance of adding real firepower to the attack of his team.
The Blues continue to be linked with Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa and if they can sign Mandzukic alongside the Spanish international, the club will have a fearsome frontline next season.
The problem is that Mandzukic will want to be first choice, which will be questionable if the club also signs Costa.
Chelsea use a system which is based around having just one striker up front, meaning Mandzukic would likely spend a great deal of time on the bench if Costa also moves to West London.
If he wants to bench warm, then he has that opportunity, playing behind Robert Lewandowski if he stays at the Allianz.
One of the best strikers in Europe is seemingly up for grabs, it’ll be interesting to see who makes the first move.