Edin out of City! Juventus and Real Madrid on alert as Mancini prepares to offload Dzeko
21:45 GMT, 26 March 2012
Manchester City have decided to offload Edin Dzeko at the end of the season in a move that had already alerted Juventus and Real Madrid.
City manager Roberto Mancini has let it be known he will listen to offers for Dzeko after noting the striker’s unrest over limited opportunities in the starting line-up and sensing they will become even scarcer.
Missing out: Edin Dzeko watches as Rui Patricio touches Joe Hart's header round the post
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is a firm admirer of the 26-year old, while Juventus’ transfer priority this summer is to recruit a proven finisher who can give them the same cutting edge Zlatan Ibrahimovic provides for AC Milan.
Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain is the name at the top of Juve’s wanted list, but they are also considering the claims of Dzeko, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Internacional’s Tottenham target Leandro Damiao.
Wanted: Juventus have joined the chase for Gonzalo Higuain (left)
Higuain looks like having a say in shaping Dzeko’s destiny after it emerged he also figures prominently on Mancini’s summer wish-list.
Juventus bosses feel Ibrahimovic’s matchwinning flair for Milan is the only difference between the sides and have vowed to rectify their one shortcoming before the start of next season.
Attracting interest: Leandro Damiao is perpetually linked with a move to Spurs
They have a transfer budget of almost 30million and are prepared to spend the bulk of it on a new attacking spearhead.
With Dzeko costing 27million little over a year ago, and City eager to recoup as much as possible of their outlay, Juve may have to, if they are to land the former Wolfsburg frontrunner.
Mourinho believes Dzeko would flourish at the Bernabeu and is ready to follow up his interest, if Higuain pushes for a move either to Turin or the Etihad Stadium.