According to several reports this week, Manchester City are ready to offload £26million striker Edin Dzeko in the summer, alerting some of Europe’s top clubs.
According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid and Juventus are tracking the Bosnian forward.
Dzeko has found life difficult recently at the Etihad Stadium, despite scoring 18 goals this season – the second highest at City – and the re-arrival of Carlos Tevez has probably pushed him down the pecking order.
So where could Dzeko go?
Well, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is said to be a big admirer of Dzeko and a potential swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain could be on the cards.
Higuain is wanted by a few clubs this summer, including Man City, and a swap deal could be the way to go. Dzeko’s hold up and link play is very good and would be appreciated by the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium. However, his often erratic displays and missed chances could infuriate the unforgiving Madrid crowd.
Juventus are also said to be interested in Dzeko, but also on their list are Higuain, Luis Suarez and Leandro Damiao. A move to Italy might suit the Bosnian.
His hold-up play will be appreciated in Serie A and his goal-scoring record is very good. The only hitch would be whether Juve could fork out for a large transfer fee and equally high wages.
Another possible option, is Tottenham.
Spurs are always looking for a striker, and while I would encourage Daniel Levy to do whatever he can to sign Emmanuel Adebayor, Dzeko could do a similar role for the North London club. They will probably face similar problems to the Adebayor deal, with wages the biggest hitch, but where the Togolese forward knows he can get high wages elsewhere, the Bosnian may be prepared to take a pay cut.
A return to the Bundesliga is a more probable move. Wolfsburg would probably be keen to have Dzeko back and I’m sure the forward wouldn’t mind a move back to familiar surroundings. Other German clubs such as Weder Bremen would be interested.
Even Bayern Munich would investigate the possibility of signing Dzeko, I believe. Although the German giants seem to be more interested in signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has scored an incredible 40 goals already this season.
If Dzeko is to leave City, and I would imagine he will, I doubt he would stay in the Premier League. few clubs could afford his wages and those that could, won’t want to.
His most likely destination is Italy or Germany, where his subtle talents will be much more appreciated than they are in England.
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