Roberto Mancini is preparing to offload Edin Dzeko at the end of the season, with Real Madrid and Juventus said to be interested, according to The Daily Mail.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is currently behind Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in City’s pecking order, and has grown disillusioned with the lack of first-team opportunities at Eastlands.
According to the report, Juventus and Real Madrid are interested in the 26-year old, with Jose Mourinho apparently a ‘firm admirer’.
Such a story only serves to confuse me greatly. Either this is pure fabrication by this ‘respected’ newspaper, or Jose Mourinho and Juventus manager Antonio Conte have gone completely mad.
From his first season in England, I have concluded that he is a complete and utter donkey. 13 goals in 26 games would suggest I’m being overly-critical in the extreme, but I’m convinced he is a pretender.
Looking at his record at Wolfsburg, it would appear he is the real deal. The 6’4 frontman scored 65 goals in the two seasons from 2008 to 2010.
However, bar the 5-1 away victory over Spurs in August, where he scored four of his 13 league goals, I have seen very little to convince me that Dzeko warrants the label of even mediocre striker.
He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But without the flair, power, pace, technique, influence, passing ability or star quality. The only thing he has in common with the Swede is that he is very tall, is quite ugly and was born in Bosnia.
Aguero, Balotelli and Tevez are all streets ahead of Dzeko and if Mancini can recoup even half of the £27 million spent on this useless oaf, I am sure he would be delighted.
With City showing interest in signing another striker, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi being mentioned as possible new recruits, Dzeko’s chances to lead City’s line look set to be even more limited.
I feel it would be beneficial to both City and Dzeko if he is to leave this summer, and if the destination is Turin or Madrid, then it will profit City further by weakening two of next year’s Champions League rivals.
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