AC Milan announces the signing of previous Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic on an agreement until the end of the period.
Mandzukic has been available on a free transfer since leaving Qatari side Al-Duhail last July and his agreement with Milan contains the alternative to extend a further year.
The 34-year-old will add vastly more significant experience to Milan’s attack, which is being led by the evergreen, and in-form, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Mandzukic won the Scudetto four times during his stint with Juventus, while he likewise won the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League when he was at Bayern Munich.
Given Ibrahimovic has just barely gotten back from injury, scoring twice on his return in Monday’s success over Cagliari, the presence of Mandzukic will give Pioli the chance to rotate his starting XI.
Even though it was July 2020 when Mandzukic left Al-Duhail, the Croatian has not played a single game since March last year, so Pioli will have a choice to make on whether to bring him straight into his plans.
Milan, who are three points off from Inter at the highest point of Serie A, will meet Atalanta in the league on Saturday before a Coppa Italia clash with their city rivals on January 26.
Mandzukic could be a feature in the squad for both of those games.
Mandzukic will wear the No.9 shirt for Milan and would have to worry about the burden that comes with it.
An immense range of strikers has battled to have an effect wearing that shirt since the versatile Filippo Inzaghi who scored goals for fun.
The likes of past players Alexandre Pato, Mattia Destro, Andre Miller Silva, Fernando Torres and Gonzalo Higuain have all failed to shine in the No.9 shirt.
Speaking after scoring the both goals against Cagliari on Monday,
Ibrahimovic said he was excited to see the club have agree a deal for Mandzukic.
“I’m extremely glad,” the Swedish striker told Sky. “There will be two of us to terrify the rivals now!”