Edin Dzeko completes AS Roma loan

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Serie A side AS Roma have confirmed the signing of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, but only on a temporary basis.

As reported by BBC Sport, the Italian club confirmed the deal this afternoon but as it stands, it's only a season-long loan with a view to making it permanent this time next year.

Initial reports had the deal down as a permanent one with Roma paying City £14million to sign the 29-year-old, but it's now been confirmed that it's initially a loan deal with a view of making it permanent.


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Dzeko's Fall from First-Team

Dzeko was always keen to leave the Etihad Stadium and informed Manuel Pellegrini in January that he wanted out after the club signed Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for around £27m.

The arrival of the Ivorian pushed Dzeko down to third-choice striker, meaning his game-time was further limited with Sergio Aguero also above him in the pecking order.

It was thought the Bosnian would have stayed put at the club however, especially after they loaned Stevan Jovetic to Inter Milan on an 18-month deal, but despite being left with just two strikers, Pellegrini gave the go-ahead for Dzeko to leave.

Dzeko spoke to Roma in January about a potential move, but City blocked the transfer as they didn't want to sell mid-season when they were battling for the Premier League title.

The striker, who was at City for four years, spoke to Roma midfielder and national team-mate Miralem Pjanic about life in Italy and he was eager to join the club.

However, he was told to wait by City officials until the end of the season, but he has now completed his move.

During his time in England, Dzeko scored 50 goals for City in 130 league appearances, and during his stay he helped guide them to two league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield. 

Dzeko Statement

After arriving in Rome and signing for the Serie A side, Dzeko revealed his delight at the deal when speaking to the club's official website.

Džeko told Roma TV: “I came here to win titles with Roma.

"Hopefully we will win many, many trophies but first we have to work hard on the pitch and at the end, hopefully we will get where we want to be.

"I can only promise one thing and that is that I will give my best for this club in every game.”

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