Arsenal transfers: Atletico Madrid sign Mario Mandzukic

Arsenal transfers: Atletico Madrid confirm the signing of striker Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich

Croatia international Mario Mandzukic Photo: Fifa

Atletico Madrid have confirmed the £18m signing of Arsenal target Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich.

The Croatia international has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with los Rojiblancos, ending speculation that the towering striker could join Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea.

He fits well with his attacking team-mates and is used to competing at the highest level

Jose Luis Caminero

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was thought to be a keen admirer of the giant striker, who scored 18 goals and made four assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances last season.

However, Atletico have won the race to sign the 28-year-old forward as Diego Simeone prepares for the departure of Diego Costa to the west London side.

Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Caminero said: “The incorporation of Mario Mandzukic is great news because he has the features we were looking for to cover this position.

“He’s a strong forward, with a great high ball control and a powerful shot. It allows us to start pressuring behind the rival from the beginning, because he works hard on playing the ball out of defence.

“He fits well with his attacking team-mates and is used to competing at the highest level. He’s a winner, a player used to winning titles. He’ll contribute very much.”

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