Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic has left Juventus for Qatari side Al-Duhail on a free transfer with the Turin side expected to earn €5.5m from his sale.
FutballNews understands that Mandzukic had travelled to Qatar to complete his medical ahead of the proposed move in January pending Juventus’ approval. It is said that the Serie A giants will announce the deal in the coming days.
Mandzukic, who has made 162 appearances for the club and scoring 44 goals, has not played a competitive game for Juventus since the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the new manager in the summer. The Italian coach prefers the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala this season, with all three players playing an important role.
Due to his lack of time of game time, there was speculations regarding his future with the Croatian linked to Manchester United in the summer in search of first-team football. Now, his prayers have been granted.
The Croatian striker who joined Juventus from Atletico Madrid in 2015 has spent four and a half years in Turin, winning four Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia and one Supercup.
Announcing the signing on their official website, Al-Duhail said Mandzukic has put pen to paper on his new contract.
“The team’s management succeeded today in contracting with the Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic of Juventus in a free transfer deal after the end of his contract with his Italian team,” Al-Duhail said.
Also, President of the Qatar Stars League leaders, Khalifa bin Hamad, took to his Twitter and has shared a picture of the 33-year-old signing a contract, with the caption reading: ‘Section Two’.
join Al-Duhail, who are currently sat in first place in the Qatar Stars League, having won nine and drawn two of their 11 matches so far. As a result, they find themselves sat four points ahead of second-placed Al Rayyan.