Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dzeko come and get me to Man City

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City's principal target in next month's transfer window, has written to the club to say he wants to make the move happen and effectively ask if they will sign him, increasing the possibility that he will arrive as either a replacement or a new partner for Carlos Tevez.
The prolific Wolfsburg striker sent his letter to a senior executive at Eastlands earlier in the season, expressing his admiration for the club and his gratitude for their efforts to buy him in the August window. Talks broke down at that stage because Wolfsburg would not lower their asking price, in the region of £45m, whereas City valued him closer to £30m. However, City have maintained their interest in the Bosnia international and their information is that Dzeko still feels the same about the possibility of becoming the club's latest big-money transfer.
City are now hoping to reach a compromise fee with Wolfsburg to resurrect the deal. It may still need some prolonged negotiating, with the German club having obvious misgivings about losing such an important player in the middle of the Bundesliga season, but City are increasingly optimistic after inviting some of Dzeko's representatives to watch the Manchester derby last month and showing them round their training ground.
Dzeko's arrival would allow the club to move on Emmanuel Adebayor, who is regarded as a disruptive influence as well as not making the grade, in the manager Roberto Mancini's opinion, in terms of what is needed for a potential title-winning side.
Dzeko, at 6ft 3in, would provide City's front line with an aerial threat that has been lacking this season, Mancini's team being the only side in the top division not to score a headed goal. He will be seen as a potential replacement for Tevez but ideally Mancini wants to put the two players together.

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