United must move quickly to tie up Wolfsburg striker

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Manchester United have until Monday if they want to take advantage of a buy-out clause in Edin Dzeko’s Wolfsburg contract.

United have been searching far and wide for a partner for Wayne Rooney and have identified Bosnian Dzeko as their number one target.

Dzeko has a clause in his contract which can see him leave for 40 million euros (£34 million), but it expires on Monday and the German club’s new manager Steve McClaren confirmed he will do everything he can to keep hold of his prize asset.

Speaking about Dzeko’s situation, McClaren, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man, said: “At the present moment we’re not in control of it.

“He’s got a clause in his contract where he can go for a set fee before Monday. We’re really sweating on it

“After Monday, if nothing happens, we take a little bit more control over the situation and we can dictate it a little bit more. He’s a world-class striker and we don’t want to lose him.

“We’re fighting tooth and nail to keep him. If we want to be successful we have to keep our best player, as every team does,” he told Sky Sports News.

If Ferguson does not act quickly, there are plenty of other top class teams who are interested in him like AC Milan and Real Madrid.

McClaren quoted sums even up to 100 million euros (£85 million) in his press conference, giving an indication of how highly Dzeko is rated in the Bundesliga.

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