English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has shifter his interest in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic after missing out on Everton poacher Romelu Lukaku. The Blues are desperate to land an established striker to push their bid for the EPL title.
Several reports linked Conte to the Belgium international Lukaku, but the 23-year-old wants to stay at Everton under new manager Ronald Koeman. Despite being extremely confident of landing the man from Antwerp, Belgium, Conte is now forced to look for other options with Mandzukic being the most realistic target, as reported by Mirror.
The 30-year-old, Mandzukic has only been at Juventus for one season after making a surprise move from La Liga side Atletico Madrid for $20.92 million, last season. The Old Lady hierarchy now wants $32.69 million for the player, which is one-third of the amount Chelsea had to pay Everton to sign Lukaku.
Mandzukic made a total of 27 appearances for Juventus in the La Liga last season. He scored 10 goals for the Bianconeri with a shot accuracy of 48%. He also created 28 chances for his team and his average pass accuracy is 71%, according to Squakwa.
Meanwhile, Everton is struggling themselves to bring in quality signings at the club. Their long-time target, Newcastle United’s French international midfielder Moussa Sisokko is prized at $45.77 million which the The Toffees are reluctant to match. However, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted that it is a take it or leave it offer.
Also, Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Everton full-back, Brendan Galloway on loan.
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