Bayern Munich appear to be ready to listen to offers for striker Mario Mandzukic after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that the player might not feel entirely happy next season. Hence, they may have to take a decision on the future of the Croatian striker. Mandzukic was a major revelation in his first season at Bayern Munich after joining the club for only around £ 11 million. He managed to start the majority of the matches under Jupp Heynckes and led the club to a famous treble including the Champions League title in 2013.
However, his starting position has been under threat for most of the last season under Pep Guardiola, who has favoured the possession style of football. A physical striker, Mandzukic does not appear to have been playing at his best this season. This is despite the striker getting 24 goals in the league alone. Rummenigge has hinted that the club may decide to sell the forward in the summer with the decision to bring in Borussia Dortmund hitman Robert Lewandowski, on a free transfer, confirmed several months ago. Lewandowski will be joining a five-year contract, which will further reduce the first-team opportunities for Mandzukic.
Chelsea are thought to be one of the club’s heavily interested in the 27-year-old, as they look to replace the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
“If Mario stays here, it won’t be easy for him because a world-class player is coming to us. The question is whether he wants to face up to his competition or would prefer to go to another club. We are open and fair and we talk about everything, so nothing is decided,” said the Bayern Munich Chief Executive. The club have spent an enormous sum of money in order to get Lewandowski, who has reportedly signed a $ 75 million contract.