It’s all go in the transfer market as we receive news of numerous players moving onto pastures new, but none are provoking as much interest as the Raheem Sterling saga.
It has been reported that Manchester City are the frontrunners for his signature, having been the only club said to have made an actual bid in the realms of £40million to Liverpool.
The Reds will not consider anything below £50m, but they could be tempted by a potential exchange offer with Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Enter Edin Dezko. A £35million bid plus Dzeko could well twist Liverpool’s arm.
Different players, sure, and although Sterling has huge potential to be a world beater in a few years time, his goal tally is poor. So maybe the signing of a proven goalscorer in Dzeko is a good bet.
In an ideal world Brendan Rodgers’ side would not get rid of Sterling, but if all this situation brings is negativity then they may as well part company, find a replacement, and get a player of Dzeko’s calibre while they’re at it.
Liverpool need a striker or three anyway and the Bosnian would be a good addition. Danny Ings is still young and inexperienced at the top level while Dzeko is near to the other end of the spectrum. Ings could well benefit from the current City forward, who has a goal ratio of one every 2.6 games in England - and that is not taking into account the amount of times he has been brought off or started a match on the bench.
It may seem unthinkable that Dzeko’s old City team-mate Mario Balotelli will stay at Anfield, but they formed a decent partnership in Manchester and Dzeko could well bring out the best in the Italian as well.
The Bosnian made his lowest number of appearances for City last season since he joined the club in January 2011, so is possibly looking elsewhere for first-team football. Liverpool may not be in the Champions League, but they are still the most successful British side in history thus far, are in the mix for those all important places and are quite possibly the best that Dzeko can hope for.
Liverpool fans, would you take Dzeko for Sterling? Let us know what you think to the potential transfer in the comments box below.