Atlético Madrid finalise €22m transfer for Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic
Atletico Madrid have reportedly finalised the €22m transfer for Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic on a five-year deal that will keep the Croatian international at the Vicente Calderon through the 2018-19 season.
According to German sports daily, Bild, the 28-year-old has been chosen by manager Diego Simeone as the heir apperent to former striker, Diego Costa, and Los Colchoneros will use the funds given by Chelsea for Costa to secure Mandzukic’s transfer.
Atletico Madrid have expressed interest in Mandzukic following the players admittal at the end of the season, where he stated that he wished to leave Bayern Munich after two seasons due to differences with new manager, Pep Guardiola’s playing style.
Mandzukic’s agent, Ivan Cvjetkovic has been at the centre of the negotiations and after negotiating terms with Atletico Madrid presented the offer to Bayern, who have accepted a €22 million offer, despite last minute offers from Zenit and Juventus.
Mandzukic, who currently has a contract with the Bundesliga champions until 2016, is expected to travel to Madrid to undergo is standard medical before signing his new five-year contract.