It looks as though Edin Dzeko could soon be following Stevan Jovetic from Manchester City to Italy, as reports claim he has agreed personal terms with Roma.
Dzeko left German side Wolfsburg for City in January 2011 for a fee of £27million, and he has gone on to help the club win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup. The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has racked up 185 appearances in all competitions and has scored 71 goals along the way, but he has never truly established himself as a regular pick in the starting XI.
Despite this there can be no denying the importance he has played in the recent success of the Blues, and this was evident at the start of last season when he was rewarded with a new four-year contract. Yet he went on to play fewer times than he has in his previous two full campaigns in Manchester, something which has been a huge source of frustration for the 29-year-old.
Much of this was due to the £25million arrival of Wilfried Bony in January, and the former Swansea City man is likely to partner Sergio Aguero in the coming campaign. When asked about the future of Dzeko earlier this month after he was left out of the International Champions Cup match against Roma, Manuel Pellegrini said: “It’s not clear if he will continue here but he is still working.”
And according to Sky Sports, the striker could be lining up for the side he was left out of face at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is believes Dzeko has agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi, who have already been shopping in England to take Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal on loan. A new striker is now their priority, and the City number 10 would be an impressive addition.
If the Blues agree to let Dzeko leave, their options in attack would look slim this season with just Aguero and Bony recognised central options for Pellegrini as Jovetic has agreed a long-term loan deal at Internazionale. They do have other less obvious choices though, such as forward Raheem Sterling who has joined from Liverpool for a club record fee of £49million.