Wolfsburg’s Bosnian hotshot Edin Dzeko has been linked to every major club in the world in the past few months. His outstanding club form has turned heads across Europe and left Man City’s Roberto Mancini in raptures.
German club Wolfsburg’s £45million asking price has certainly put off a few punters and with his contract at Wolfsburg not due to expire until 2013, there would be a long wait until that would begin to be lowered.
However, The Guardian have today announced that Dzeko allegedly wrote to Manchester City executives and thanked them for their interest in his services. He also mentioned his admiration for the club and expressed his gratitude at their attempts to sign him in August.
Talks broke down between Wolfsburg and City as the German outfit refused to lower their £45million asking price and the Manchester club were not prepared to pay more than £30million. However, the recent fallout surrounding Carlos Tevez may force Mancini’s hand in January.
City execs are now hoping to reach a compromise fee with the German outfit and hope to resurrect the deal. City may need to work hard to reach any agreement as Wolfsburg will obviously have issues about losing such a key player during the middle of the season. However, Mancini can be optimistic though following a successful visit from some of Dzeko’s representatives last month.
The arrival of the 6ft 3″ Bosnian International would leave the door open for the disruptive Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese star has been cited to have caused problems for Mancini at Eastlands and looks set to move abroad on loan come January. However, a lot may hang on the future of Carlos Tevez in Manchester.
Tevez caused a stir last week by handing in a formal transfer request to the Man City board which was immediately rejected. Ideally, Mancini would want Tevez to partner Dzeko, though the unsettled Argentine may yet force a move abroad and leave the door open for even more changes at Eastlands.
Man City’s number 1 target may be Dzeko but the Bosnian’s partnership with striker Grafite at Wolfsburg is the greatest in Bundesliga history. A combined total of 122 goals in 200 games between them since 2007 is a tally to be in awe of and certainly will have managers ideally wanting the pair. Furthermore, the addition of fellow countryman Zvjezdan Misimović in 2008, helped Dzeko excel. Misimović has often been cited as the reason the 24-year-old striker jumped from 8 goals in 2007/08 to a staggering 26 goals in 2008/09.
Time will tell what will happen at City in January, that said, it is looking increasingly likely we will see some movement from City in the window. Watch this space.
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