Mario Mandzukic has admitted that he does not see eye to eye with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and is likely to leave the Bundesliga club.
Mario Mandzukic may currently be focused on helping Croatia escape a World Cup group containing hosts Brazil as well as unknown quantities Cameroon and Mexico but that hasn’t stopped the Premier League transfer target from discussing his future at Bayern Munich.
The former Wolfsburg striker appears to have played his last game at the Allianz Arena after an apparent falling out with Bayern manager Pep Guardiola that resulted in the Croat sitting out the Bavarians’ recent German Cup final success over Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal were the early frontrunners in the race to land the forward, who has netted 48 times in 88 appearances for Die Roten during a two-season spell with the Bundesliga champions.
However recent weeks have seen the Gunners’ interest seemingly cool, with London rivals Chelsea coming to the fore in the battle to secure the 28-year-old’s services.
The Pensioners are already close to completing a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa this summer, but manager Jose Mourinho is eager to recruit more attacking options with Mandzukic already made available for transfer by Bayern.
Speaking in an interview with Sportske Novosti, Mandzukic admitted that "until recently" he "never thought to go" to another club, having thrived during his trophy-laden spell with the German giants.
But the arrival of Guardiola changed all of that, with the Spaniard’s new formations and strategic changes often resulting in Mandzukic being sidelined as he was in crucial Champions League games against Manchester United and Real Madrid.
This came despite the Croatian proving prolific in the competition, having scored one of Bayern’s in the 2-1 victory over Dortmund in the final of the tournament the previous year.
"I never thought this could happen," he said.
"But let's be honest, I do not correspond to the style of game that Guardiola wants at Bayern."
The final straw seemingly came after the Real clash, with Mandzukic admitting in the interview that "it's time for new challenges."
Whether those involve turning out for Arsenal or Chelsea in the Premier League remains to be seen, but if Mandzukic impresses in the way Ivica Olic, Goran Vlaovic and Davor Suker have at previous tournaments then he could prove hot property.