Mario Mandzukic signs for Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich for £18million
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic has signed for Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich.
The 28-year-old striker lost his place at Bayern with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, and Atletico have moved quickly to offer Mandzukic a new start.
'The incorporation of Mario Mandzukic is great news because he has the features we were looking for to cover this position,' Atletico sports director Jose Luis Perez Caminero said on the club website.
'He's a winner, a player used to winning titles. He'll contribute very much.'
Mandzukic scored 33 league goals for Bayern in the two seasons that followed his transfer to the Bavarian giants from Wolfsburg in 2012.
Although his goals helped the club win an unprecedented European and domestic treble in 2013 and a double last season, the Croatian has been deemed surplus to requirements at Bayern.
Bayern vice chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen said: 'We thank Mario Mandzukic for two great years here in Munich. In this time we won seven titles and his goals were often decisive for them. We wish him all the best.'
Poland striker Lewandowski, the Bundesliga's top scorer last term, is set to lead the attack next season after joining from Borussia Dortmund.