Summer Transfer Rumors: Could Croatia's Mario Mandzukic Make a Move to England?

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 18, 2012

POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 14:  Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Croatia at The Municipal Stadium on June 14, 2012 in Poznan, Poland.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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For the first two matches of Croatia's Euro 2012 campaign, Mario Mandzukic has stood out as the top Croatian player.

Mandzukic has scored three goals in the tournament so far, two coming in a win over the Republic of Ireland and one against Italy.

Now, with Croatia looking to make a run in the knockout phase of the tournament, Mandzukic is gaining more attention from Premier League clubs, including one in particular.

The Daily Mail suggests that Everton are looking to bring in Mandzukic.

Mandzukic, who is currently playing with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, would be paired alongside fellow Croatian Nikica Jelavic in the Toffees attack if he makes the move.

The 26-year-old scored 12 goals in all competitions for Wolfsburg this season and has had only one season in which he has not scored in double digits in the past five years.

However, the funds for Everton may not be there unless they sell a player or two.

That may not be a hard thing to do for manager David Moyes as a few of his stars are being rumored to be on their way out of the club.

According to Caught off Side, Leighton Baines is reportedly getting attention from Manchester United and could provide funds to bring in a productive forward like Mandzukic.

The transfer of Mandzukic into Goodison Park could also give the Toffees room to let Marouane Fellaini, who could be on his way to Chelsea, reports The Guardian.

Bringing in Mandzukic will provide Everton with another attacking option up front and give Jelavic a familiar partner up front.

But, as is the concern with many players who make their way onto the international stage at a big tournament, Mandzukic is not guaranteed to match his Euro 2012 success in the Premier League.


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