[UPDATE: 8:52 AM EST]: Bayern will NOT sign Mandzukic after deciding that they will not make an offer for the Juventus striker, according to Bild.
He was available for the reported 10 million euro fee and Kovac suggested that Bayern sign him internally. Mandzukic had high hopes that he would return to Munich 5 years after leaving, but the negotiations taking place between Bayern and Juve have ended.
Bayern will NOT sign Mario Mandžukić. The club decided not to make an offer for the Croatian striker [@cfbayern] pic.twitter.com/MsyQIrjW98— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 18, 2019
As reported by Bild, Bayern wants to make a serious run at signing former Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandžukić. Mandžukić had played for Bayern from 2012-2014, scoring 48 goals in 88 games during his time with the Allianz Arena outfit. He was a key player in Bayern’s treble winning season and scored crucial goals for the Bavarians, including the opening goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
And while his first year at the Allianz Arena was relatively smooth, his second year wasn’t. He had an icy relationship with Pep Guardiola and left Bayern after the end of the 2013-14 season, with Mandžukić feeling as if he had been disrespected by Pep. They had clashed often and it all culminated in Mandzukic being left out of the squad for the DFB Pokal final. That, for him, was the final straw.
When asked about Mandžukić, Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic did not want to deny interest: “I can not talk about that because he is a Juventus player. He’s certainly my friend. We played together in Wolfsburg.”
Brazzo made it clear that Bayern’s transfer window is not done in spite of the recent signings of Coutinho and Cuisance.
Mandžukić’s contract with Juventus runs until 2021. It is being reported that Juve wants €10 million in exchange for his services.