The Daily Express today reported that Arsenal will make a summer move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, in a further attempt to replace to void left by Robin van Persie last summer. The Gunners are said to have joined Napoli and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign the City striker.
Despite often featuring as a substitute at The Etihad, Dzeko has managed to net 38 goals since arriving from Wolfsburg in January 2011. The 27-year-old is one of several high profile players who have fallen foul of Roberto Mancini’s slightly bizarre man management skills, and is said to be at the forefront of a summer clear out. City, with or without Mancini, are widely expected to move on a number of first team players this summer in the aftermath of a miserable title defence.
One would question whether the Bosnian striker actually suits the style of play endorsed at The Emirates; although by no means a ‘donkey’, Dzeko can hardly be described as fleet footed and might struggle with to link up within Arsenal’s intricate style of play.
A further issue is that City are rumoured to be looking to recoup a high proportion of the £27m they spent on Dzeko, the type of money that has too often made the overly ethical baulk in the face of a high profile arrival.