Man Utd could reportedly include young prospect Tahith Chong in their offer to attempt and reach an agreement with Juventus for Mario Mandzukic.
After allowing both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to leave this past summer without bringing in any direct replacements, it could be argued that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left himself short in attack.
While wins over Man City and Tottenham last week have brought them back into the mix for a top-four finish in the Premier League this campaign, they’ve still only netted 25 goals in 16 league matches thus far, giving them the second-worst goalscoring record of the top seven sides in the standings.
In turn, adding attacking support could be a priority for the Red Devils in the winter transfer window, and they could be set to propose a swap deal to Juventus to prise Mario Mandzukic away from Turin.
According to Calciomercato, it’s advised that although there is an agreement between the Red Devils and the Croatian stalwart, they have yet to reach one with Juve. With that in mind, it’s claimed Tahith Chong could be used to sweeten the agreement as his contract is set to end at the end of the campaign and he has already been linked with Juventus.
Time will tell if that’s a suggestion that is officially submitted by Manchester United and whether or not it’s one that Juve are willing to accept.
33-year-old has yet to play a single game for Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri so far this campaign, and so he will surely welcome the opportunity to move elsewhere and try to play a prominent role. Given his physicality, aerial threat and overall experience at the top level, he could add a significant new dynamic to the Red Devils attack.
Meanwhile, Tahith Chong has found his opportunities at the senior level with Manchester United limited so far this season, making just five matches with restricted minutes.
Given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown faith in several top youth products at the club this year, it will perhaps be even more of a significant disappointment for Tahith Chong that he hasn’t been able to make a breakthrough himself.
Coupled with his contract expiring next summer and if there is no real chance of a new agreement being reached, then perhaps it is a sensible idea from Man Utd to include him in discussions to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer.