Bayern bid to boost firepower with 20m raid for Man City striker Dzeko
08:48 GMT, 29 May 2012
Bayern Munich have made a U-turn over Edin Dzeko by lining up a 20m move for the Manchester City striker.
The German giants initially distanced themselves from Dzeko, after Sportsmail exclusively revealed in March that City manager Roberto Mancini had decided to offload the former Wolfsburg striker at the end of the season.
Hot shot: Bayern want Manchester City's Edin Dzeko
But the Champions League final defeat by Chelsea has prompted a change of heart over the need for another proven finisher.
Bayern have targeted Dzeko and also vowed to compete with Manchester City for 25m-rated Spain defender Javi Martinez.
With the Bosnia striker recently accepting that his days at City were numbered, a return to the Bundesliga looks certain, provided Bayern can come close to matching a likely 20million-plus asking price.
Finance is unlikely to prove a stumbling block, after a clear signal that Bayern are ready to spend lavishly to reclaim their place at the top of German football.
Sporting director Christian Nerlinger attended Friday night's Spanish Cup final in Madrid to check on the form of Athletic Bilbao's Martinez.