If you are one few people that is still hoping Juventus will be able to get rid of the players that aren’t apparently in Maurizio Sarri’s plans before the Serie A summer transfer window ends in a matter of days, you might want to reassess that position.
And that’s not just because another potential deal or two appears to be up in smoke.
According to Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich have decided not to make an offer for striker Mario Mandzukic, a player who has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga side over the last couple of weeks. Another former Bayern player, midfielder Emre Can, was linked with return the German champions in Sunday morning’s edition of Tuttosport, but Bild again said that’s not going to be happening, either, which means Juve’s crowded midfield is going to remain that way heading into the final days of the summer transfer window being open.
Nach Coutinho und Perisic - Bayern-Entscheidung über Mandzukic gefallen https://t.co/gmePI0gYNM— BILD (@BILD) August 18, 2019
Mandzukic, who signed a one-year contract extension with Juve in the spring, has long been thought to be on the market this summer based on the simple fact that he is not the kind of striker that first-year manager Maurizio Sarri usually deploys in his very offensive-minded yet very technical system. Even though he finished second on the team in goals a season ago, Mandzukic was one of the biggest players to fade in the second half of the 2018-19 following what was basically 18 months straight of football thanks in large part to Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.
However, the rumored move to Bayern Munich now looks like it’s in the same situation as the rumored move to Manchester United from a couple of weeks ago.
That would be in the “not happening” category.
Of course, it doesn’t exactly help that Bayern Munich director Uli Hoeness came out and told Sky Sport Germany on Sunday the following: “Our squad is now complete and we are not looking to make any other changes.” (Via Football Italia)