It has been rumoured for a while, but now it appears that Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko will move from Manchester City to AS Roma, sources have told ESPN FC.
The City star has featured inconsistently for Manchester City over the past few seasons and it looks like he will pay the price as a transfer fee has reportedly been agreed between The Citizens and the Giallorossi.
The fee is reported to be around €23 million (£16 million) as the 29-year old striker has been looking for a move away from the Etihad Stadium for quite a while now.
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The Bosnian is currently on around £90 000-a week with Manchester City and AS Roma should have no difficulty in increasing those wages to convince the striker to join them this summer.
First team football
Edin Dzeko has been overshadowed by the likes of Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony lately and is sitting on the bench more than he actually plays. If he moves to AS Roma, he'll be looking to get regular first team football and with AS Roma currently lacking a top-class striker, the Bosnian should be able to win his place in the first team with Rudi Garcia's side.
Indeed, The Giallorossi currently have Seydou Doumbia and Victor Ibarbo up front, but those two players have failed to impress with Doumbia scoring two goals in 13 games while Ibarbo has also scored two goals in just 13 games.
Those stats have failed to impress the Roma manager and Dzeko, who is an accomplished goalscorer, can expect to start most of the games that Roma will play next season. With Manchester City, Dzeko has scored 72 goals in 187 appearances.
A big loss for Manchester City?
Edin Dzeko's loss shouldn't have a huge impact on the squad itself. The only issue that may come into play is if Sergio Aguero was to get injured.
With Stevan Jovetic having now gone to Inter Milan on loan, Man City would have just Wilfried Bony left as their striker, but it seems as if he hasn't fully settled in Manchester yet.
During City's pre-season tour, Manuel Pellegrini also did make it obvious that Edin Dzeko might leave this summer and he did not seem to be very worried by it.
Price a problem?
It is believed that Manchester City would have preferred to get at least €30 million for their striker who they bought from Wolfsburg in 2011 for €32 million.
Four years on and Man City have decided they will unrealistically be able to receive a similar fee for Dzeko and have therefore lowered their asking price. Dzeko himself might have influenced that fee and asked Man City to lower the price to facilitate a transfer away from The Etihad Stadium.
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