Interest mounting in Mandzukic
Croatian striker drawing plenty of admiring glances
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: June 26, 2012 10:44am
Mario Mandzukic: Caught the eye with his displays at Euro 2012
Mario Mandzukic appears destined to leave Wolfsburg on the back of his displays for Croatia at Euro 2012, with Bayern Munich among those believed to be leading the chase.
The 26-year-old forward netted three times at this summer's European Championship, but was unable to help his country out of a tough group which included Spain, Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
His efforts have helped to raise his profile, though, and Wolfsburg have confirmed that interest in his services is mounting ahead of the re-opening of the transfer window.
Bayern Munich, who have shelved their efforts to snare Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, are understood to be in pole position to secure Mandzukic's services.
No deal has been done as yet, though, and the door remains open to any other club looking to bring a proven frontman on board.
"At this point in time it is a fact that there are some clubs interested in signing Mario Mandzukic," Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath told Deutsche Presseagentur.
"Right now it is an open race.
"I am not preventing players from moving on. If there is definite interest, I have no problem with that.
"But, I do not want to get rid of him."
Wolfsburg signed Mandzukic from Dinamo Zagreb in July 2010 and tied him to a contract which is due to run until 2014.
He has impressed during his time in German football, netting 12 goals last season and providing 10 assists.