Spurs standing in the way of AC Milan bid for Croatian international

Atletico Madrid

Reports in Spain now place Tottenham Hotspur as front runners, in the chase for powerful striker Mario Mandzukic.

Atletico Madrid are planning a major attacking overhaul during the summer, as manager Diego Simeone plots the next push for silverware, following a third position finish in La Liga this season, with his side once more conceding ground to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Following the departure of Diego Costa to Chelsea last summer, Atletico brought in two key attacking players - Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic - but whilst the Frenchman has hugely impressed his manager, the Croatian target-man seemingly hasn't.

As such, there's currently a wealth of speculation surrounding the future of Mandzukic, who looks set to be offloaded, after just one season with Los Colchoneros, having scored 20 goals from 43 appearances in all competitions.

If the 29-year-old is to leave the Vicente Calderon, recent reports throughout Europe would suggest there's no shortage of clubs interested.

France Football raised the prospect of Monaco proposing a swap deal, involving Manchester United flop, Falcao, following his unsuccessful stint in the Premier League. Meanwhile, AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has admitted he "very much" likes what Mandzukic could offer his club.

Indeed on Tuesday, Galliani has been locked in talks with Atletico Madrid directors, trying to resolve a number of matters. During the January transfer window, Alessio Cerci and Fernando Torres traded clubs, both on loan deals. Their futures are at the centre of discissions.

Undoubtedly and amidst those negotiations, Galliani will be trying to explore the possibility of taking Mandzukic to AC Milan, but according to TMW, one club has emerged as a major obstacle to those plans.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly launched a serious bid for Mandzukic, which it's now suggested, sees them as the front runners for his signature, with the aim of making him part of a dream striker pairing.

PSG striker Ezequiel Lavezzi has agreed a four-year deal with Spurs 'in principal', per ITV Sport, which means that Mauricio Pochettino can offer Mandzukic and impressive attacking partner, to work alongside.

The price Tottenham would have to pay for Mandzukic doesn't appear to be an issue, the Spanish press reports have suggested, along with the recognition that a cash deal might pose a problem for AC Milan.

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