Bayern Munich‘s director of sport Matthias Sammer has warned off any clubs from making a move for Mario Mandzukic.
The Croatia forward is likely to lose his place in the first-team next season with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, and the Gunners have been labelled as the favorites to land Mandzukic from the German giants.
However, the club’s director of sport Matthias Sammer insisted that Madzukic is an important part of the club and remains a focal part of Guardiola’s plans. He said that Bayern would not entertain any offers for the 27 year old.
‘Nobody even has to bother making an approach for Mandzukic”, said Sammers
‘He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal.
‘It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game.
‘They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his work-rate.’
Mandzukic has 24 goals to his name this season and has been a key performer for the German league winners.
The Croatian international has justified his place in Bayern’s ranks in the two seasons he has spent at the club and his contribution to the team is undeniable. He has led the Bavarians’ attack, admirably and tirelessly. A recent example of his importance in the team was when Bayen were struggling in the first leg of the quarter final against Manchester United. The 27 year old was introduced as a substitute in the second half and immediately set up Bastian Schweinsteiger’s equalizer. He also triggered a comeback in the second leg after Bayern went a goal down .
However, the imminent arrival of Lewandowski would make Mandzukic consider his options. Guardioka would definitely prefer Lewandowski in his system. The Pole is a better dribbler and drops further back to get involved in the play. With his back to goal, he is perhaps the best and often brings his teammates into great positions. He can also be called a better team player.
Arsenal are in need of a better striker for next season to make sure the same calamity (that has taken them by surprise this time out) does not occur twice in succession. Fans and pundits alike have labelled Olivier Giroud ‘not good enough’ to perform in big games.
Hence, even though Bayer’s director has asked potential suitors of Mandzukic to not bother with bids for the player, Arsenal and other sides interested in the player should still make offers for the 27 year old as there is a good enough chance the player would want a move away from the German side.