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Juventus ‘put £4.5M price tag on out of favour striker Mario Mandzukic’

Juventus have named their price for out-of-favour striker Mario Mandzukic, according to reports in Italy, with Manchester United and Sevilla targeting a move for the Croatian.

Mandzukic is not training with the rest of the first-team at Juventus and has been deemed surplus to requirements at the club.

Calciomercato report that the Italian champions want just €5.3million (£4.5m) for the player in January – but are not open to any loan deal that does not include an obligation to buy.

Mario Mandzukic will be available for just £4.5million in January, according to reports in Italy

Mario Mandzukic will be available for just £4.5million in January, according to reports in Italy

Mandzukic rejected the chance to leave the club in the summer when it seemed a fee had been agreed with a club in Qatar.

But an exit in the winter transfer window appears to be inevitable given he has been frozen out after an agreement was struck between the player’s camp and management at Juventus for him to stay away from the first team.

The report goes on to add that while United are willing to meet his salary demands, they are unwilling to pay a fee for a player who will turn 34 at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Manchester United have been monitoring the 33-year-old in a bid to bolster attacking options

Manchester United have been monitoring the 33-year-old in a bid to bolster attacking options

United desperately need to add to their attacking options with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left with limited options after allowing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart for Inter Milan, the latter on a loan deal.

Injuries to both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford already this season has seen 17-year-old Mason Greenwood given a rapid rise through to the first team to fill in the gap at No 9 and so a striker has become a priority signing in January.

Rashford has had to bear the brunt of the workload up top for Solskjaer’s side, which has had a detrimental effect on his form. The United boss has admitted that he can’t take the 21-year-old out of the firing line at the moment.

‘At the moment we can’t really give him a break because we’ve had injuries,’ Solskjaer told Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. ‘Anthony [Martial] has been out for eight weeks now. So he’s had to play loads more football than I’d hoped.

‘Marcus is a centre forward who can play left, right and as a No 10. He wants to be able to play all the positions.’

Marcus Rashford has had to bear the brunt of the workload up front for United this season

Marcus Rashford has had to bear the brunt of the workload up front for United this season

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