Manchester United week to tie up January deal for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic

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Manchester United are hoping to put an end to their problems up from by signing Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January.

The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the season – they are 12th in the Premier League with 9 points from 8 matches – and are looking to strengthen in January.

Attacking options have been limited for United after Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both left for Inter Milan in the summer and weren’t replaced. An injury to Anthony Martial has compounded matters. United have scored just 8 league goals this season.

But Italian outlet Tuttosport is reporting that this is being addressed and Mandzukic has verbally agreed a deal to move to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens again.

United has targeted the 33-year-old Croatian in the summer but a deal never materialised. However, Mandzukic has yet to feature for Juve this season and was not included in their Champions League squad.

It is thought he wants a move to another European side – he turned down a deal to join Al-Rayyan in Qatar – and appears to be set on joining United.

While Mandzukic isn’t the sort of young player United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking to buy, he would bring a wealth of experience and a proven goalscoring record wherever he has played – something United desperately need.