Dzeko on radar Juventus and Bayern Munich
MANCHESTER, England ● Dzeko says he is committed to Manchester City, or is he..
The striker is getting a lot of headlines the last couple of days with some indicating he is leaving for Juventus, while others say he will be going to Bayern Munich.
The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at City, which is eager to trim its wage bill. Dzeko is dissatisfied with his role at the club and Goal.com now claims agent Irfan Redzepagic has informed Bayern of his client’s interest in moving. The Bosnian forward is highly-rated by Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, would be happy to move to the Allianz Arena.
Dzeko joined City in the winter of 2011 for a fee of 37 million euros, penning a contract through to 2015. He scored 19 goals in 40 appearances last season, but now Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez are rated higher by coach Roberto Mancini, leaving no room for the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
Reports on Tuesday evening claimed that Bayern and Dzeko had agreed to personal terms on a deal to take the player to the Allianz Arena. However, the striker’s agent vehemently denied these allegations.
“Of course not! It’s crazy even to comment on that,” Redzepagic told Bosnian source SportSport.
Dzeko is one of several candidates that Bayern has watched as it aims to sign two more attackers before the summer transfer window closes. Olivier Giroud was observed several times before Bayern opted not to pursue his signing. However, Twente striker Luuk de Jong is now a candidate.
Goal.com can also confirms that the Bayern bosses have made contact with De Jong’s agent, and that the player is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play in the Champions League alongside his compatriot, Arjen Robben. However, a deal for the 21-year-old is still far from being complete.
De Jong scored 32 times in all competitions last season, and has a contract that will expire in 2014.
Bayern has already signed a striker in the form of Claudio Pizarro, who will replace Wolfsburg-bound attacker Ivica Olic. However, with Nils Petersen likely to leave on loan, squad space has opened for the Bavarians to add another striker to their ranks – for now, their top choice remains a mystery.