Italian giants, Juventus have been very active in the summer transfer window, making a slew of signings including the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Matthijs de Ligt among others in order to challenge for the UEFA Champions League.
However, one area where they have chosen not to strengthen is in the forward department and why would you, if you have Cristiano Ronaldo as your main striker up front. However, there have been questions regarding his back-up and now the club management and manager, Maurizio Sarri have made their choice.
According to Calciomercato, the Bianconeri see Croatia's Mario Mandzukic as an able deputy for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, which would relegate starlet, Moise Kean to third choice in the squad.
Mario Mandzukic. 9 league titles, scored or assisted in every round of both CL and WC, took Croatia to WC final, won the treble with Bayern, with every other trophy, won 3 doubles with Juventus, scored in 2 CL finals. Always turns up vs big teams and has a superhuman work ethic. https://t.co/n6WcL7T9sC pic.twitter.com/PTm8MDK6ki— 🇭🇷🇭🇷 (@EnemyOfFootbaII) July 17, 2019
This could come as surprising news for many considering that Kean is seen as the future of the club in attack, following his impressive performances whenever he got a chance last season.
Mandzukic though is not a bad option as back-up, considering that he scored important goals for both club and country in the past and will now start his fifth season at Turin. The 33-year-old scored nine goals in the Serie A last campaign and has so far netted 44 goals for the club during his time there.
Kean meanwhile has been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Everton, but it looks unlikely that the club would want to part with a prospect who could star for them in the future.