Edin Dzeko’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with a big-money move to Borussia Dortmund regularly touted in the press. This week, Jurgen Klopp, manager of the Champions League finalists, has confirmed his club’s interest in the City striker, saying Dortmund will “think about” a move for the Bosnian.
Klopp told Sky:
I do not know anything of a meeting with Dzeko. But if you think about what will happen to us in the next few years, we have to think about him.
But judging by information we have, the wages he is content with technically do not fit ours, as we will not bend. We do not throw about peanuts. Still, we will leave all doors open.
Despite being City’s leading Premier League scorer this term with 12 goals, this season has been a poor one for Dzeko. In a side that plays with little width, he struggles to impose himself on games. A lack of crosses into the box means his natural game isn’t catered for. City’s more intricate passing style of football simply doesn’t suit him, and other than bringing him on as a substitute in games where we go more direct and chase a goal, he’s been pretty much useless.
Dortmund will certainly have room to manouvre this summer in the transfer window, with Mario Gotze already confirmed to leave the club for a reported £31.5m, and striker Robert Lewandowski also expected to leave. However, if Dzeko has to take a pay-cut to leave, he would be silly not to. Dortmund is a great club for him to go to, and he will score goals for them. He rarely starts for City now, and if we sign a striker like the type we are being linked with, such as Edinson Cavani, he can expect his appearances to be even more limited next season. A move to Dortmund would be good for all concerned.
Written by Robert Pollard