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Mourinho keen on Bayern's Mandzukic

ESPN staff
February 5, 2014
Mario Mandzukic has now attracted interest from Chelsea as well as Arsenal and Manchester United © Getty Images

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to make a big money move for a main striker this summer with Mario Mandzukic thought to be one of his main targets, according to a report in the Sun.

Mourinho has long been after a new frontman for his side and saw two separate bids for Wayne Rooney turned down by Manchester United last summer.

It is now understood Mourinho is looking elsewhere after giving up hope of signing Rooney, and is considering spending in the region £40 million in order to bring in a hard-working striker.

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Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic is a wanted man by both clubs © Getty Images
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Mandzukic has been long linked with a move away from Bayern Munich, with Manchester United and Arsenal both thought to be keeping an eye on the striker.

With Bayern bringing in Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund at the start of next season, Mandzukic could find himself down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.

Mandzukic moved from Wolfsburg in 2012 and has scored 31 goals in 57 appearances for his new club, but Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer recently hinted the striker could leave as he doesn't think he suits manager Pep Guardiola's style.

Mourinho has also shown interest in Edinson Cavani, who has attracted attention from numerous clubs throughout the January transfer window and is reportedly unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain despite only joining last summer for a £55m fee. Manager Laurent Blanc has largely used Cavani out wide in order to accommodate main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, John Terry has accepted he will only be offered a one-year extension when his current contract expires at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.

However, the Telegraph indicates Terry would prefer a one-year deal with an added automatic trigger for a further extension. A new deal would take Terry into his 17th season at the club.

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