Report: Tottenham Hotspur make serious approach for Mario Mandzukic

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Tottenham have been linked to Mario Mandzukic.

Report in Italy claim Tottenham Hotspur have made a serious approach to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

Newspaper Tuttosport claim Spurs are pushing hard to sign the Croatian international, even though Juventus are reluctant to sell.

Despite this, the paper claim that Tottenham's enquiry has led to Juventus probing the market to for potential replacements, with Edinson Cavani and Romelu Lukaku discussed, both of who would likely be too costly for the Serie A side.

The newspaper add that Mandzukic's future is linked to whether Real Madrid decide to invoke their buy back clause for teammate Alvaro Morata, with Juventus unwilling to let both leave.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb elaborate on Tuttosport's lengthier print article, describing Tottenham's approach as 'serious', and claiming they are willing to spend £20 million on Mandzukic.

Yet at 29, he is above the age profile of players Tottenham aim for under Mauricio Pochettino, which would cast doubt over the veracity of the reports.

He has scored a disappointing 11 goals in 30 games for Juventus since signing last summer, fewer than the 20 in 43 he netted for Atletico Madrid a year ago.

With his scoring rate declining and Mandzukic turning 30 in May, this is a deal which Spurs would be wise to walk away from at the prices discussed, with the striker at risk of being another Roberto Soldado.

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