City looking to add to their attacking options with Mario Mandzukic.
Manchester City have offered a fee of 42 million Euros for Atletico Madrid centre forward Mario Mandzukic ahead of the reopening of the transfer market, report Spanish radio station Copa, ahead of Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ potential return to his boyhood club during the coming days.
The fee, which is around £33m, could represent a return to the lavish spending of previous seasons from City, who have lacked firepower in recent weeks with James Milner and teenager Jose Pozo having to deputise upfront in the absence of attacking trio Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.
As a genuine target man, Mandzukic would offer another dimension to the City attack and strengthen them significantly ahead of a potential title battle with Chelsea, although it would be a surprise if Atletico decided to sell a player who has become more effective as he settles in La Liga over the season following a move from Bayern Munich this summer.
The Croatian international now averages close to a goal every other game for Atletico, a relatively impressive ratio, although the fact that he is being asked to replace the fantastic Diego Costa is making the former Wolfsburg and Bayern man appear less impressive than he actual is in Spain.