Everton must have the former Juventus striker in sight as a back-up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Everton that could assess the possibility of signing free player Mario Mandzukic.
Whispers about signing a backup striker are relentless. Since the domestic transfer window is still open, Everton has been linked with Joshua King at AFC Bournemouth. If Everton is really looking for a striker, they might even look into the freelance market. Mario Mandzukic is a pretty big candidate for the role of backup striker.
First, I would be pleased if Everton didn't really enter the market and signed a backup striker. Cenk Tosun has stayed at Goodison and is recovering well from an ACL injury. His stay at Goodison supports the notion that he could be a back-up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score free.
In the event that Tosun is not trusted as the 9th lieutenant, Everton might consider Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian player spent the second half of last season in Qatar at Al-Duhail. However, his time in Qatar was very short and he terminated his contract with the agreement of both.
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Several clubs have linked the 34-year-old but Mandzukic remains a free agent. A short-term contract with the Croats can be made for Everton. Moise Kean will spend the season on loan and hope to return as a more developed striker with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Mauro Icardi.
So Everton really don't need a young or long-term option for the lieutenant striker and that's why Mario Mandzukic might be the best option. He is 34 years old and is not expected to be a key member of the team. He doesn't have many years left at the top but is still a significant choice to be in the ranks.
The former Juventus player has a respectable scoring record and can really thrive in the Premier League environment. The 6-foot-2-inch forward is a major aerial threat and today when Everton is throwing lots of crosses in the box, Mandzukic's towering form is easy to spot and target.
Mario Mandzukic is not the fastest player but has a lot of quality in the final third. His performance at Al-Duhail may not be very convincing but his ability as an all-round striker may be enough to convince Everton to at least take Mandzukic.
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