Reports across many websites and newspapers claim that the current Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko will be attending his medical in Manchester this afternoon, which, should it prove successful, will lead to a £27m move to Manchester City.
There is no denying this strikers talent, after all, if a player can score for club and country then it is likely he will be able to do so in the Premiership. Dzeko could be considered the missing link at Manchester City, and the likelyhood of him scoring twenty five plus goals per season is quite high.
The player, if rumours are to be believed, was also a target of Manchester United at some point, at the rate of goals he has been putting away for Wolfsburg, it is not difficult to believe. Although United rarely, if ever, do any transfer business in January, surely, if Dzeko is a prime target, then they too would also have launched a bid for the forward.
The Bosnian is still only 24 years old which does fall into the catergory of young talent and although his sell on value would not really increase from that of £27m, it would have seemed a decent choice of acquisition for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
When Wayne Rooney’s contract saga came to it’s anti-climatic end, the England and United striker was promised that United would be in the market for top class talent if it became available. The problem that Sir Alex now faces though is that his strikers are all on song. Rooney is getting back to his best, Berbatov leads the Premiership Golden Boot competition and the young Mexican, Hernandez, is chipping in very well for his first ever season.
Do Manchester United really need Dzeko? No, would be the short answer, but then neither do City. In retrospect, they are simply adding yet another player who will want first team action, something that in Mancini’s current team cannot be guaranteed. His arrival will surely spell the end for the likes of Roque Santa-Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor, but this will still leave the Italian with three main strikers to choose from, one of them, probably Balotelli, will want to leave at some point in the near future.
City fans will feel they are getting a real top class finisher on their books and only time will tell if Dzeko makes the grade over a long term period, for Manchester United, fans may feel that they have missed out, but each summer brings with it fresh names, fresh faces and fresh strikers.
One-Nil to Manchester City maybe? We will know soon enough.