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Dzeko would enhance any Premier League team

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Edin Dzeko's short career with Manchester City, it would appear, is set to reach its end this summer as the Premier League champions look to shift the Bosnian striker as part of a squad overhaul.

The 26-year-old moved to the Etihad Stadium in January of 2011, having garnered a reputation as a potent goalscorer during his time in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

It took £27 million to prise Dzeko away from the Volkswagen Arena, making him the second most expensive purchase by Manchester City, at the time, behind only the fee paid to bring Robinho to the club.

Yet things have not quite gone to plan for the lanky forward during his time in Manchester, and it now seems he will be shipped out during the transfer window, with Bayern Munich at the forefront of the teams pursuing his signature.

According to Goal.com, Dzeko's agent Irfan Redzepagic has offered his client's services to the Bavarian giants and previous reports have claimed the player and Bayern have already agreed personal terms.

This suggestion has since been dismissed, although Dzeko looks almost certain to leave the Etihad Stadium as City attempt to trim the apparent chaff from their Premier League winning squad.

But it would be unfair to count Dzeko among the schlock City plan to offload, and the Bosnian's departure would prove to be a loss to the Premier League.

It comes as no great surprise that Dzeko may be let go when considering Roberto Mancini can boast Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez among his number at City, but the Bosnia international would enhance almost any other squad in England.

Losing him to a side in continental Europe would be a waste and Premier League clubs would struggle to find any striker of greater calibre available for less than the £20 million touted valuation of Dzeko.

Clubs can be forgiven for having reservations around Dzeko, given his inconsistent scoring record since joining City, which includes just six goals in 21 appearances during his first season.

However, he proved during the early part of City's title winning campaign that he can find the net regularly when handed a run in the side, and ended the season with 18 goals in all competitions.

Four of these came in one match against Tottenham last August, as Dzeko's stock in the English game reached its zenith, while his reputation has been unfairly tarnished since.

Harry Redknapp would have taken note of Dzeko's attributes that afternoon and, given Spurs' apparent want for a striker this summer, a move for the latter would make perfect sense for the north Londoners.

Dzeko provides a manager with both strength in the air and incisiveness on the ground, while his work ethic is on a par with with any of the Premier League's most industrious strikers.

The assiduous work carried out at the Emirates Stadium last November allowed City to progress past Arsenal in the Carling Cup, and Dzeko would be a nice fit for the Gunners should Arsene Wenger decide to further reinforce his forward ranks this summer.

Although he may not fit in with Wenger's stereotypical acquisition, signing Dzeko would allow Robin van Persie to drop back into his more natural No.10 position and provide Arsenal with a forward pivot.

Arsenal have relied far too heavily on their captain over the past two seasons, and signing Dzeko would also allow Wenger to rotate more frequently, and provides an attacking aerial threat - something the Gunners are often seen wanting.

Dzeko's goalscoring record may have originally been derided by some, but his statistics for City stand at better than one in three from 60 games played for the champions.

In fact, only six players Premier League can boast a more potent record since Dzeko arrived in the country, and the majority of those will have been afforded more frequent opportunities.

Yes, a move for Dzeko represents a gamble and, perhaps, his wage demands will scupper a transfer to another Premier League club. But England's elite would be foolish not to look at the Bosnian, and risk losing him to one of Europe's big guns.

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