Tottenham have reportedly rejected an opportunity to sign Edin Dzeko.
As per Football Insider, Spurs have turned down the opportunity to sign veteran forward Dzeko this summer after he was made available by Serie A side Roma.
The former Manchester City man has been sporting Roma’s colours for three years now but at 33-years-old and with just one season remaining on his current deal, which is set to expire in 2020, his representatives are said to be looking for one last hoorah in what has been a wonderful career.
However, it seems Spurs are not feeling particularly charitable this summer – having waited since the winter of 2018 to introduce a new face – and they will turn down the opportunity to recruit the Bosnian as they apparently do not believe he represents a good-value signing.
The 14-goal forward has been linked (as per Sky Sports via CalcioMercato) with a move to Inter Milan as well as Spurs, but if reports are correct, I Nerazzurri have the advantage (in what appears to be just a one horse race).
This is the second big profile name Spurs have rejected this summer with the Mirror reporting that Gareth Bale has received the cold shoulder; and we don’t doubt some fans will be inspired by the positive decision – knowing full well the mammoth £600,000 the Welshman earns per week would certainly a wage structure previously reported to pay highest earner Harry Kane £200k.
Though he likely wouldn’t demand the same sort of wage package, signing Dzeko would be a step backwards for a club that is surely looking to improve on their season with young, vibrant talent. Despite his performances towards the latter stages of the Champions League campaign, it’s fair to say the Fernando Llorente experiment hasn’t worked too well (the Spaniard has scored just 13 goals since his arrival from Swansea) and, while there are obvious differences, perhaps relying on a veteran marksman to back-up Kane isn’t the best way to go here.
Pochettino’s project has largely been built on youth since his arrival in North London and despite the fact he has called for a change in tact this summer, moving for someone like Dzeko clearly does not fit that mould at all. A prolific marksman no doubt but the fact those behind the scenes at the club apparently do not see any value in moving for him shows Tottenham, once again, know what they’re doing.
Spurs fans, are you pleased that Pochettino has turned away Dzeko? Who would you like to see brought in? Let us know in the comments below…