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European giants on red alert as Man City look to cash in

| 27.03.2012

After a blistering start to the campaign, Edin Dzeko’s first team opportunities for Manchester City have become more limited, and Roberto Mancini is now set to offload the striker, with Real Madrid and Juventus showing the most serious interest.

The Bosnian cost City a princely £27million in January 2011, and Mancini and owner Sheikh Mansour would wish to recoup as much of that fee as possible, for a player who has displayed his undoubted quality when given a regular run in the side.

In light of this, Jose Mourinho could be about to firm up his interest in a player he has long admired, with the Real Madrid boss’s fondness for a strong, physical striker always prominent.

As Gonzalo Higuain could be about to leave Santiago Bernabeu, former Chelsea boss Mourinho could see Dzeko as an ideal replacement, and would be willing to part with a fee in the region of £25million to secure his services.

Meanwhile, the signing of a top quality striker is an absolute priority for Juventus this year, as the Italians look to further strengthen a side that has gone the entire Serie A season so far unbeaten.

Higuain himself is a target of the Turin club, but they could turn their attentions to City’s 26-year-old forward, as they aim to spend the bulk of their reported £30million transfer budget on a proven finisher.

It is thought that Juventus chiefs believe that the only difference between them and title rivals AC Milan is the influence of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose link up play and vibrancy in possession is a massive plus for the San Siro outfit.

Juve are desperate to rectify this by bringing in someone in a similar mould to Ibrahimovic, and Dzeko certainly fits the bill.

Much could depend on Higuain’s next move however, as Mourinho is likely to step up his bid to bring Dzeko to Spain should he lose his Argentinian international striker.



John Klee