Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reportedly tried convincing Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to seal a transfer to Old Trafford this summer.
It’s claimed the Croatia international was the Red Devils boss’ preferred choice to come in up front and it’s implied that he tried several times to lure the player over, but failed, according to Calciomercato.
The report states Mandzukic was ultimately persuaded to stay by Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who still sees the 32-year-old as essential to his plans despite the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo up front.
Mandzukic is certainly a useful weapon for any leading club to have, having played his part for a number of successful sides in recent years.
The former Bayern Munich front-man notably scored in their Champions League final victory over Borussia Dortmund back in 2013, and also netted a stunner against Real Madrid in the 2017 final, despite Juve losing 4-1 on the night.
A hard-working and physical player up front, Mandzukic also had a fine World Cup with Croatia, scoring in their 4-2 final defeat at the hands of France.
United could have done with someone like that for more depth and something a little different up front, but it wasn’t to be.