Barclays Premier League winners Chelsea are planning a sensational swoop on nearest rivals Manchester City for Edin Dzeko.
The is out of favor Bosnia & Herzegovina striker is being lined up as a possible replacement for Didier Drogba, whose contract is up in the summer.
Although Dzeko has been a key player for the Citizens since his £27million arrival from German side Wolfsburg in the winter of 2011, he has been consistently linked with a move away from the Etihad.
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The £25 million recruit of Ivorian International Wilfried Bony from Swansea has seen Dzeko fall further behind in the pecking order, and could finally part with the Manchester side.
The 29-year-old’s agent Irfan Radzipegic earlier in February revealed that his client would be interested in a move to a ‘big club’ like Juventus or Atletico Madrid.
“Dzeko is 28 years old and wants to play for the most prestigious teams in Europe. If he were to leave Manchester City he’d prefer a big club like Juventus or Atletico Madrid,” he said.
Former club Wolfsburg; where he made a name for himself, winning the Bundesliga in 2008-09 and finishing as the leading scorer in the league the season after, are also rumored to be interested in the hitman’s services. Dzeko himself refused to rule out a return to the Volkswagen Arena
“A return to Wolfsburg? Never say never,”
“If the fans of Wolfsburg want to win back the championship, then they will need a striker who scores at least twenty goals a season.
“Although Bas Dost right now is doing very well and has earned the trust of the club,” he told Kicker.
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But the German sides’ sporting executive Klaus Allofs has quelled the “nonsense” speculation.
This might leave Chelsea as the clear favorites to land Dzeko, and despite signing a new four-year contract last summer, he could be available for a cut-price fee of less than £15million.
Diego Costa was burdened with the goalscoring duties this season, which he carried out quite efficiently. But Mourinho wants to lighten the burden, and a move for an experience and proven goalscorer in Dzeko makes sense.
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