Striking the perfect balance between top class quality and sensible valuation is Bayern Munich front-man Mario Mandzukic.
The Croatian international has been a vital contributor for FCB since arriving at the Allianz Arena in summer 2012 – with Mandzukic leading the line, the Bavarians have claimed six pieces of silverware over the last eighteen months, including the Champions League and Bundesliga titles.
In the process, the 6 foot 2 forward has found 40 goals in 71 appearances, including thirteen in the German top flight this season.
But the 27 year-old’s importance in Munchen looks set to be gazumped by the impending bosman arrival of Robert Lewandowski; the Borussia Dortmund star is regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe, and is two years Mandzukic’s junior.
Therefore, the Croatian striker is expected to venture new horizons in the summer, and a recent spat with Pep Guardiola has further heightened speculation of a departure at the end of the season.
An aerial threat, a tireless worker and renowned for his ability to bring the midfield into the game – often operating with his back to goal – the former Wolfsburg and Zagreb star would provide a similar, yet upgraded service to Arsenal top scorer Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners’ interest is widely documented in the tabloids and it’s believed a £25million deal could be enough to secure Mandzukic’s services – considerably cheaper than the current price-tags set on Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani et al. – but a host of clubs from Chelsea to Roma are all in the mix to sign the Bayern front-man.