Arsenal have been linked with plenty of strikers already this summer, as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his front-line in preparation for another shot at the Premier League title.
But for a while in recent days, it seemed one of those reported targets – Mario Mandzukic – was set to disappoint the French manager.
Reports claimed Wolfsburg were interested in bringing the prolific Croatian back to the club at which he played between 2010 and 2012, which was somewhat surprising given the alleged interest not only from Arsenal, but from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, too.
Mandzukic netted 26 goals for Bayern Munich last season, and is enjoying an impressive World Cup thus far. But a move to Wolfsburg was somewhat leftfield given that he had already moved on from there and had some of the biggest clubs in Europe interested after making it 123 club goals to date.
Wolfsburg’s deputy chairman Stephen Gruhsem has since been quoted by Sport1 as saying his club is not interested in re-signing Mandzukic, and yet a prolonged stint in the Bundesliga may still not be out of the question.
After all, the striker could rightfully question exactly why his time at the Allianz Arena is apparently coming to an end, even with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish front-man is one of the best finishers in Europe, and yet Mandzukic is not far behind; and one wonders if the latter may prefer to remain in Germany not only because he is comfortable there, but also to prove to Pep Guardiola – week-in-week-out – just what a quality front-man he opted to part with.
Of course this is mere speculation at this time, but talk of a stay in the Bundesliga makes sense for a player who has shone there thus far, and one whose reported departure from a club at which he has netted an impressive 48 goals makes little sense to outside observers.