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Mario Mandzukic signing backed

Mario Mandzukic’s move to Manchester United is “pretty much signed and sealed”, according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol.

Mandzukic has emerged as a serious transfer target for United in the upcoming January window.

“I think it happens and I think it’s pretty much signed and sealed as well,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “So yeah I don’t think there’s any question this is a hit.

“It’s something that United need but let’s be honest, it’s going against all the nonsense they gave us at the start of the season about youth – yeah right. Mandzukic, an old campaigner, experienced. He will come in for a short period of time and do a good job.”

£130m double deal eyed

United are set to make a huge offer to sign both James Maddison and Ben Chilwell from Leicester City as they look to turn their fortunes around under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Red Devils currently sit just two points above the relegation zone after eight games this season after a torrid run of form, and are looking to splash the cash again in the summer transfer window.

The Sun have claimed that United scouts have complied a scouting report on both of the England internationals ahead of the proposed bid, and that they reach all the criteria.

“We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them,” a United source said.

“We have been watching them for a few years now.

“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.

“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time.

“We will have to wait and see what happens.”

Antoine Griezmann plan

United were interested in signing Antoine Griezmann in the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to bolster his forward options.

The Red Devils always planned to offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and eventually did as the transfer window drew to a close.

As a result, the squad has been bereft of strikers this season, exacerbated by a thigh injury to first-choice No 9 Anthony Martial.

Solskjaer said he was happy with his attacking options, which also include Marcus Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood, but the Norwegian did want another striker.

According to The Athletic, United checked in with Atletico Madrid over the availability of Griezmann.

The France international scored 133 goals for the club in 257 appearances but agitated for a move to Barcelona, who triggered his £107million release clause.

The Catalans’ chase of Griezmann was extensive and United did not stand a chance scuppering their negotiations.

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