According to the latest reports from Liverpool Echo, Marco Silva is said to be a big fan of Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic. Everton are on the lookout for a targetman kind of a striker. The club’s interest in Diego Costa is being labelled as ‘wide off the mark’. Therefore the Toffees might look towards other players in the transfer market.
However, to bring Mandzukic to the Goodison, the club will need to slash their wage bills to accomodate the Croatian. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the board would be keen to add a player who is already 33. So there is still some way to go before Everton develop any real interest for Mandzukic
We think that the Croatian would be available for a switch as he is currently fighting for a place with the likes of Moise Kean, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala. The striker started 23 games in the Serie A last season and his game time might further reduce this season with the rise of Kean.
Everton are said to be open to selling Cenk Tosun. The Merseyside club signing a new striker could hinge on whether they can ship away the Turkish star this summer.
What can Mandzukic bring to Goodison Park?
The 33-year-old has bags of experience at the top level playing for clubs like Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and now Juventus. At his best, he can be considered as one of the best target men in the game. His strength, hold up play and ability to score almost all kind of goals made him a top player. The striker is also known for his hardworking nature, and one can understand why Silva is a big fan of him.
Should Everton go for him?
However, at the age of 33, the Premier League can be a tough nut to crack for the Croatian. Moreover, he still has two years left on his deal at Juventus, so he isn’t likely to come in cheap. We think that the Toffees should look at someone younger who can play as a targetman to solve Everton’s goalscoring problems.
Mandzukic might still be able to give one or two good years at the Goodison. However, we just don’t see the Merseyside club signing a 33-year-old for big money on whom they might have to adjust their wage bills. If Everton are feeling ambitious, then they can sign a young forward along with Mandzukic so that they don’t heavily depend on the experienced striker.
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