I wish people would make up their mind about this, only a few days ago we had Dzeko saying he was staying at Wolfsburg, but now German newspaper Bild is reporting that Dzeko’s proposed €35million January transfer to Manchester City is as good as done.
City have apparently agreed to pay the German club €30million upfront but will pay a further €5million should they reach the Champions League.
Dzeko hinted at a move to Serie A in the summer last week, but committed his future to Wolfsburg for the remainder of the season.
When asked if he was going to stay with the 2009 Bundesliga champions until the summer, Dzeko replied:
“That is up to Wolfsburg.
“But at the moment it looks like I am staying.
“I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression: I very much enjoy playing for Wolfsburg.
“But I also have a dream. I want to play in the Champions League every year,” he added.
But the Bosnian front man also told il Corriere dello Sport:
“I’d like to play in the championship in which Andriy Shevchenko and Ronaldo appeared.”
However, now it would seem the deal is back on. Wolfsburg have had a torrid season, they languish in 13th in the Bundesliga and recently were embarrassed in a 3-1 defeat to Cottbus in the German cup.
Former Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, is struggling to hold onto his job with the Volkswagen owned team that he has only been in charge of since his move from Dutch champions, FC Twente, in the summer.
Dieter Hoeness, Wolfsburg’s sporting director, has blamed unrest in the club for the team’s troubles and will look to restore harmony in the new year.
“The transfer window in January will bring daily speculation. We participate but do not comment,” Hoeness told members of the press.
City manager Mancini also refused to rule himself out of a move for Dzeko in January. When asked about a potential move for the 24-year-old he replied:
“If a player is as good as Dzeko, there are many interested parties. There is nothing impossible in football.”
The transfer window opens on January 1st and should reports in Bild be believed, Dzeko could be making his City debut as early as January 5th, when the Sky Blues meet Arsenal at The Emirates.
I’m sure City fans can’t wait for the new year when seeing might finally become believing.
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