It didn't long for Mario Mandzukic's move to Turin to go from simple rumor in the Italian press to something with plenty of substance behind it. Before we knew it, reports were coming out that Juventus and Atlético Madrid had agreed to a transfer fee and his move to Turin was on the fast track to being signed, sealed and delivered.
Now it is official as official gets.
Juventus have announced that the 29-year-old Croatian has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the four-time defending Serie A champions. Juventus will pay Atléti a total transfer of €19 million over the next three years and a potential €2 million more in performance bonuses for the striker who spent all of about 12 months in Spain after moving from Bayern Munich last summer.
Here is all of the business speak, from Juventus' official website:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Club Atlético Madrid SAD for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Mario Mandzukic has been finalised for a consideration of € 19 million payable in three instalments: € 7 million within 1 August 2015, € 6 million within 10 August 2016 and € 6 million within 10 August 2017.
The purchase value may increase by a further maximum of € 2 million on achieving given sports performances in the course of the duration of the contract.
Juventus and the player have signed a 4-year contract of employment.
Mandzukic — who moved to Atlético Madrid last summer after Bayern Munich brought Robert Lewandowski on board — scored 20 goals in 37 games in all competitions last season. For a season that was considered so-so or a "struggle" by some, that's still a pretty solid tally. Obviously Manduzkic is capable of more and we all hope that is exactly what happens as his bianconero-colored adventure begins.
But Mandzukic is more than just a goal scorer. He is an absolute tank, with relentless pressing and countless energy much in the same fashion as the man some folks think he's replacing, Carlos Tévez. And if this signing works out as well as that one did, then there's going to be plenty of things to like about Mario in black and white.
There's just one more thing telling me that this is a good signing for all parties involved...
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Ahhhhhhh, that's right. How could I forget that this happened last season because of a Mandzukic goal? And let's be honest, when you can make Cristiano Ronaldo all grumpy because you just scored a goal, you're good in a lot of peoples' book — including this one right here. Welcome, Mario. May you score lots of goals just as you've done throughout much of your very good career thus far.