Arsenal made an enquiry about the availability of Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic over the course of the summer, according to Corrierre dello Sport, as reported by Juve Live.

The Gunners have been in the market for a new centre forward over a number of consecutive transfer windows and moved to land Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna back in August.

However, the latest report suggests that Arsene Wenger’s men made an attempt to persuade the Italian champions to part company with Mandzukic before signing the Spaniard.

The Croatia international has played for some of Europe’s biggest teams but never really been first choice in either Germany, Spain or Italy.

With Juventus splashing out a whopping £75 million to land Gonzalo Higuain over the summer, Mandzukic has also been struggling for Serie A game time in 2016-17.

The 30-year-old has started four domestic games for the Bianconeri this season but is yet to find the back of the net for Max Allegri’s men.

Arsenal fans surely would have welcomed the former Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich man to the Emriates Stadium, with scope in the future for the targetman to potentially leave Turin.

The report also suggests Paris Saint-Germain were interested in Mandzukic as they looked to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


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