According to Calciomercato, the Croatian World Cup finalist had the opportunity to sign for Jose Mourinho’s men but instead opted to stay in Turin and fight for his place, despite Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival.
The 32-year-old, reportedly, had long since been on United’s radar, however, their attempts to acquire the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid forward failed to materialise even though Mandzukic was offered a sizeable contract offer.
The Blues’ mercurial No10 has long since been linked with the Bernabeu and has himself made no secret of the fact he would love to wear the Los Blancos jersey.
But, with the La Liga transfer window deadline fast approaching on August 31, it appears unlikely the 27-year-old will move to the Whites.
Indeed, Hazard’s father, Thierry, feels his son’s chances of switching to the Spanish capital might be over after a previous deal broke down between club and player.
“I can’t say why it did not go through (before),” he said in an interview with Hiet Nieuwsblad.
“Not because I don’t want to, because I don’t know. Maybe they have a policy where they want to give the youth a chance. Eden will have one more year on his contract next summer, but he may never end up in Madrid.”
Barcelona have announced the 18-man squad to travel to Real Valladolid.
Rafinha Alcantara and Paco Alcacer however are not included while Thomas Vermaelen is also left out.
The trio are said to be omitted for technical reasons. In the cases of Rafinha and Alcacer, the duo are reportedly set to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, Jasper Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Samper and Carlos Alena are also excluded.
New signing Malcom, who could debut in the La Liga and Munir have been named in the squad.