Reports in Spain say that former Croatia striker Mario Mandžukić is on the verge of joining La Liga side, Celta Vigo.
Mario Mandžukić Closing in on Celta Vigo Switch
Mandžukić Set for European Return?
Mandžukić is a free agent having left Al-Duhail in Qatar back in July. He made just five appearances for the club following his switch from Italian giants Juventus.
On his Twitter account, the striker wrote: “I reached an agreement with Al-Duhail Sports Club management to terminate my contract by mutual consent.
“I appreciate the trust and hospitality that I have received in Qatar and I wish the best to the club and the team in the future.”
I reached an agreement with @duhailsc management to terminate my contract by mutual consent. I appreciate the trust and hospitality that I have received in Qatar and I wish the best to the club and the team in the future. #mm17🌪 pic.twitter.com/DrJ2yBxp7V
— Mario Mandžukić MM17 (@MarioMandzukic9) July 5, 2020
The 34-year-old now appears to be keen on a move back to Europe and Celta Vigo look to be leading the race for a striker that netted 33 times in 89 games for his country.
Celta Vigo Struggles
After a few years challenging near the top of the Spanish league, the club endured a torrid 2019/20 season where they finished 17th.
Following a disappointing start to the season, which included a 4-1 home defeat to Real Sociedad, the club sacked manager Fran Escriba and replaced him with Óscar García Junyent.
The Galician club have scored the joint-lowest number of goals in La Liga this season (six) and will hope that the vastly experienced Croatian will transform their attacking line
Mandžukić is no stranger to playing in Spain either and netted 12 times in 28 appearances for Atlético Madrid following a move from Bayern Munich.
If he does sign, the striker will be competing with former Manchester City man Nolito, former Liverpool attacker Iago Aspas, and Santi Mina to lead the line for the club.
Celta Vigo will be hoping that Mandzukic recaptures the form that has seen him score 138 goals in his domestic career for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.