Edin Dzeko looks a likely contender to leave Manchester City this January after more interest in the player has emerged.

Dzeko has been a regular fixture on the Manchester City bench this season, particularly in the Barclays Premier League where he has only started five times in 18 games.

In the past few days, speculation around the player's future has really picked up after Valencia have seemingly prioritised Dzeko as their top transfer target according to Inside Spanish Football

Valencia, a normally cash strapped club prone to selling their top players, are close to being bought out by billionaire Singaporean business man Peter Lim, who has offered to pay off all of the clubs debt and provide the manager with £40million to improve the squad in the looming January transfer window. 

Whilst the salary of the Bosnian is currently out of reach for Valencia, the signals from Peter Lim are that the existing salary cap will be raised sufficiently to accommodate high profile signings for Valencia.

Valencia may seem like front runners in the pursuit of Dzeko's signature, but there are other clubs interested too. There has been large amounts of interest from the Bundesliga, where Borussia Dortmund have enquired about the player.

Dortmund are reluctant to spend over £15million, which is below City's valuation of the player. However, the club is desperate to replace Robert Lewandowski, who has expressed his desire to leave the club at the end of the season.

It is not a surprise to see that more clubs are interested in the signature of Dzeko, because he is a very talented striker, it's just he does not get the game time. He has scored 33 goals in 88 games for his current club, impressive considering half of those appearances consisted of him coming off the bench in the second half of games.

In comparison, he has scored 33 times in 58 games for his country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is a consistent starter, therefore showing his scoring ability.

Dzeko may not be at the top of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's pecking order, but he sure would be a loss for the club, as he can be a brilliant impact player, if not a strong starter if given the chance.

With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo scoring for fun at Manchester City, maybe January is the right time for Dzeko to leave the club in the search of more game time.

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