The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has hinted in an interview carried by EPSN that his client could be on the move for a new challenge in Serie A with Juventus.
Dzeko has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium in recent months, and with Manuel Pellegrini having bolstered his strikeforce, with the addition of Wilfried Bony from Swansea the Bosnian’s future now looks increasingly uncertain.
And, with the Old Lady currently facing a huge battle to keep star striker Carlos Tevez amid the player’s hunger to return to his native homeland of Argentina, a move for the City forward could be on the agenda come the end of the season.
Despite Sergio Aguero being the undisputed talisman of the side, Dzeko has been one of the more successful offensive recruits ever since joining the club from Wolfsburg in January 2011.
In that time he has helped the club usurp fierce rivals Manchester United as the Premier League’s leading powerhouse, and helped them deliver silverware galore under the stewardship of Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini before him.
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City’s recent spell of dominance begun with the FA Cup triumph just mere months after Dzeko’s arrival, with Yaya Toure’s strike enough to see off a stubborn Stoke City managed by Tony Pulis at Wembley and end their agonising wait for silverware in the process.
Then came the maiden Premier League title, won in the most dramatic circumstances due to Aguero’s stunning late intervention against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. It was to be surrendered back to United in Mancini’s final season at the club, before Pellegrini announced himself to English football with a title triumph last May.
Tevez has been a revelation since leaving City himself two summers ago, but it is no secret how much he wishes to don the jersey of his old job Boca Juniors just before he retires.
Whilst at the current English champions he was exiled from the squad, and spent months back in Argentina playing golf and soaking up the sun whilst the rest of his teammates set about putting them on the road to success.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri has helped coax the best from him in the same way he coaxed the best from Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time with the Swedish maverick at AC Milan.
But a departure does seem likely and Dzeko would be the perfect replacement. With starting opportunities at City hard to come by, he has still managed to make an impact by scoring 26 times in 46 games last term.
His arrival would be a huge coup and could be just the move to reignite a career that is seeing him spend more and more time languishing on the substitutes bench and amongst the reserves.