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Reports: AC Milan's Inzaghi Targeting Mandzukic; Arsenal, Juventus, Real Madrid Also In

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Inzaghi could use him as a replacement for Balotelli in yet another Mario swap

Christopher Lee

Newly appointed Filippo Inzaghi is keen on bringing Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandžukić to AC Milan, according to multiple reports out of Italy. Clarence Seedorf's replacement might be looking to use the 28-year-old Croatian to replace Mario Balotelli.

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Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport both reported Izaghi's interest, but he will have to fend off Arsenal, Juventus and Real Madrid. The two Italian news outlets intimated that a sale of Balotelli would facilitate the Mario swap, but Tuttosport mentioned that no deal is imminent.

Both Balotelli and Mandžukić will likely use the World Cup as a springboard to their club transfer values, although Mandžukić has one less game to do so after serving his red card suspension in Croatia's first game. The two are familiar with the back of the net, Balotelli with 18 goals and Mandžukić with 25 goals in 2013/14, but both have reported attitude issues anchor their résumé's.

AC Milan might be at a bit of a disadvantage to acquire Mandžukić should Inzaghi's interest is genuine, for they did not qualify for any European competition, something that Arsenal, Juventus, and Real Madrid all have done. With that in mind, Mandžukić might have the most guaranteed playing time with Inzaghi, even if Real Madrid part ways with Álvaro Morata as they are rumored to do so.

With Croatia in full World Cup swing, and with Niko Kovac restricting agent conversation with his players, no major progress between Mandžukić and AC Milan would happen until after the World Cup. It could be a club to keep on Bayern's radar, though.