Mario Mandzukic needs a home.
Official: #FCBayern have signed Robert Lewandowski (25)! The striker has signed a 5-year contract until 2019. More soon on FCB.de— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 4, 2014
The move, rumored to be in the works as far back as April, creates just as much commotion within Bayern’s crowded locker room as it does for the rest of the continent. Once the Polish international arrives this summer, ace Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic will have to make room for Lewandowski—one of only two men with more tallies in the 2013-14 domestic campaign.
To date, Mandzukic has played in all 16 of Bayern’s Bundesliga matches. In all but one of his 12 starts, he featured as the central striker—the same position as Lewandowski. Bayern manager Pep Guardiola currently maintains one of the most overcrowded midfields in Europe with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller (listed as a forward), Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago Alcantara all vying for precious playing time in support of Mandzukic.
Although Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on the Bayern's official website that the club have no plans to send Mandzukic out the door, it is hard to imagine either player accepting a striker platoon. Oddly enough, Rummenigge even went so far as to state that he wants to talk contract extension with the 27-year-old.
Despite Rummenigge's suggestion—and Manduzkic’s reported indifference to Lewandowski’s arrival—rumors have begun to swirl around where the Croatian will land next.
Will it be Manchester United? Or Juventus? Arsenal appear to be the club most seriously linked to Mandzukic. But there is another top European club not currently on the radar that presents an ideal opportunity for the Croatian to continue his rise in European football: AC Milan.
Here are six reasons why a marriage between Mario Mandzukic and the "Rossoneri" makes perfect sense.