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Report: Mario Mandzukic Set to Leave Juventus for Manchester United Amid Rumors

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2019

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 19: Mario Mandzukic of Juventus celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta BC at Allianz Stadium on May 19, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Mario Mandzukic could reportedly become part of a blockbuster swap transfer by joining Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala as part of the club's offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

On Friday, il BiancoNero (via CalcioMercato.com) reported Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has made Mandzukic available in transfer talks ahead of the 2019-20 season after the Red Devils' efforts to land the Croatian forward fell short last summer.

il BiancoNero also claimed Mandzukic is "ready to join United" and "positive about the offer" they have given.

Mandzukic's production has dipped across four years with Juventus after high-scoring stints with fellow European giants Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

The 33-year-old veteran has tallied 44 goals across 162 appearances in all competitions for the eight-time reigning Serie A champions. He scored 68 times in 131 matches for Bayern and Atletico.

Further details about the ongoing talks between Juve and United are unknown. It's uncertain whether it's a potential two-for-one deal, whether the Vecchia Signora are seeking more in return and if the sides are close to an agreement with the term set to begin.

The Red Devils open Premier League play Aug. 11 against Chelsea, while Juventus kick off their latest Serie A title defense Aug. 25 when they take on Parma.

Lukaku scored just 15 goals in 45 appearances for United last season after four straight years with at least 20 goals with Everton and Manchester United.

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