A few hours after the transfer window closed, there have been countless complains about incomplete deals due to petty issues. Top in the list of the transfer deals that failed to go through was Mario Mandzukic’s planned move to Juventus.
According to Mark Ogden an ESPN reporter, ‘The deal was agreed upon and there was nothing still to be discussed; what remained was a no-brainer signing exercise, which got aborted.’ Ogden represents many Juventus fans that really looked forward to welcoming Mario.
Well, of cause Mandzukic was not any close to being a transfer target, until a few weeks to the deadline. There were also no leaked rumors that the Red Devils had intentions to have the Croatian International in their team.
However, now late reports claim that the two clubs had already met a consensus on compensation and all the terms met. The big question is why United’s management kept this from the public.
You may call it conspiracy or unprofessionalism, but it seems like Manchester United had something to be cautious about. After giving away Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, and Anthony Martial not being present at the Southampton match that resulted to the 1-1 draw last Saturday, this was expected. As in, who gives away all their strikers in a single season?
But even with that, Ogden thinks that even if Anthony Martial did not make for the Southampton weekend game, the club still has other strikers, at least two – Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
The agreed amount in the deal, which never materialized was a whopping £14 Million that Man United would have pocketed from Juventus.