Robert Lewandowski’s imminent arrival at the Allianz Arsena in the summer will surely mean that Mandzukic, the leading goalscorer for Bayern this season, will have to play second fiddle to the Polish striker.
Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal have been keeping tabs on the Croatian’s contract situation at the Bavarian club and are reportedly keen to sign Mandzukic, if he is available at the right price.
Bayern played out a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last night in the first leg of the quarter finals of the Champions League, and it was Mandzukic’s rollback header which enabled Bastian Schweinsteiger to restore parity on the night.
As a result, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to praise the Croatian!
Mandzukic’s agent had earlier told Tutto Mercato Web concerning his client’s future, “Plenty of talk is circulating in the media, but at the moment I cannot comment on it. It’s the beginning of March and the summer market it is still far away.”
Meanwhile, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge feels that Mandzukic is integral to Guardiola’s plans, “I have confidence he will stay,” the Bayern CEO told Munchner Murkur, “Mandzukic has a contract until 2016, but I have told him he could extend it here.”
Bayern are preparing to increase the Croat’s salary to £4.1m a season to ward off interest from foreign clubs.