Juventus striker Mario Mandžukić has arrived in Qatar for a medical with Al-Duhail ahead of a long-awaited exit from the Allianz Stadium.
The veteran striker is yet to play a single minute of action since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in the summer, and he has long been tipped to leave the club in January in search of more first-team football.
A number of different sides had been linked with a move for Mandžukić, but Goal’s Romeo Agresti took to Twitter to reveal that the striker has already flown out to Qatar to complete a medical with Al-Duhail.
The deal is said to be worth around €5.5m for Juventus and is expected to be finalised in the coming days.
Fabrizio Romano described it as a ‘done deal’, with Mandžukić set to finally complete his escape from Juventus ahead of the January transfer window.
Sarri has preferred the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala this season, and he was so confident that he would not need Mandžukić that the Croatian striker was actually left out of their Champions League squad earlier in the season.
He was an unused substitute in three of Juventus’ first four league games but has not made the bench since.
The likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan have all been linked with a move for Mandžukić since the start of the campaign, but it now appears as though he has opted to take his talents to Qatar.
Should the move go through, Mandžukić would join up with former Juventus teammate Mehdi Benatia, who left the Allianz Stadium back in January.
Led by José Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria, Al-Duhail find themselves top of the Qatar Stars League, and they are seemingly on the lookout for some more firepower to seal a seventh league title.
As for Juventus, they have been coping fine without Mandžukić as they currently sit second in Serie A, level on points with league leaders Inter.
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