AC Milan Reportedly Looking To Sign Juventus Striker Mario Madzukic
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AC Milan have reportedly contacted Italian Serie A rivals Juventus with a view to sign forward Mario Mandzukic from the Turin side.
The Italian media has suggested that Paolo Maldini and the other powers that be at the club are keen on signing one more striker before the transfer window closes in two weeksí time as they harbour concerns over Andre Silva and Samu Castillejo, who could leave the San Siro ahead of the transfer deadline. Milan arenít thought to be confident either forward could provide adequate backup options, with Krzysztof Piatek the main man at the point of attack.
While Atletico Madridís Angel Correa is believed to be I Rossoneriís main target, a deal may yet fall through as the Serie A outfit has so far remained intransigent over their offer of Ä40m plus Ä5m in bonuses and donít seem intent on going any higher.
As of Sunday, Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz was linked with a move but, per Rai Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com), Milan have approached Juve with an enquiry into Mandzukicís availability.
The towering Croatian forward was linked to English Premier League side Manchester United before transfer season ended in England and is understood to be available for a fee in the region of Ä15m.
Mandzukic is also a reported target for German supremos Bayern Munich and Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco but Milan view him as the perfect fit. A deal could be hard to reach with Juventus following the complications surrounding the deal for Gonzalo Higuain last season.
The Argentine striker ended up moving to Chelsea on a loan deal in January but his performances in England turned out to be less than inspiring, despite having linked up with Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. The player has since returned to Juve as the Blues passed up on the option to keep him aboard for an additional year or to sign him on a permanent deal.
As things stand, I Rossoneri are 40/1 to win the Scudetto with Bet365 at the end of the 2019/20 season but Juve are the obvious favourites at 4/9 with William Hill. If youíre looking to bet on the outcome of the upcoming Serie A campaign, there are plenty of bookmakers with great deals out there, plus you could also calculate your estimated returns with Freebets.com free betting calculator.
Meanwhile, Betfair has Milanís chances of finishing in the top four at 5/4 while neighbouring rivals Inter are at 1/10 following the capture of manager Antonio Conte. Paddy Power has Carlo Ancelottiís Napoli at 1/10 as well.
Piatek is a favourite to top the goalscoring charts and Bet365 is offering odds of 5/1 on the Polish striker snatching the honours. Juveís Cristiano Ronaldo is the 13/8 favorite with the aforementioned bookmaker and Interís Mauro Icardi is at 6/1 despite the threat of playing little to no football under Conte as the manager has finally signed Romelu Lukaku, whose name has been attached to 10/1 odds where top scoring is concerned.
Milan could definitely benefit from bringing a forward of Mandzukicís experience in. But whether or not Juve will want to do business remains to be seen, if Raiís report regarding the formerís intent is to be believed.
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