Manchester City open to Dzeko exit after contract stalemate

The Bosnian has only 18 months remaining on his current deal and is attracting interest from the continent, with the Etihad outfit willing to listen to offers for the striker
By Paul Clennam

Manchester City have no plans to offer Edin Dzeko a new contract and will listen to bids for the striker, Goal can reveal.

The Bosnian, who has not started a league game for City since late September, has only 18 months remaining on his current deal and is unlikely to be approached over a renewal by club officials.

A number of top European clubs are monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation, with Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Roma all said to be interested in talking to City over the coming months regarding the forward’s future.

Arsenal, who tracked Dzeko during the summer transfer window, are also known to be targeting a striker in January.

Dzeko has spoken publically of his frustration over a lack of first-team football under City boss Manuel Pellegrini, and admitted earlier in November that he does not know where his future lies.

"I need to play more than I am. I’ve only started four games in the Premier League. But if you put me in there for 90 minutes, everything is possible,” he told the Daily Mirror.

"For three games in the Premier League I didn’t play at all. That never happened last season. I didn’t go three games without any minutes.

"There’s Champions League and Capital One Cup also, but that’s not enough for me.

"For every striker it’s important to play 90 minutes, not 45, then 50, then maybe 15, you know? But I’m still here and I still have 18 months left on my contract. But you never know what can happen in the future."

The former Wolfsburg man is thought to be open to a return to Germany, with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc having openly admitted the Bundesliga side’s interest in Dzeko earlier this year.

The Champions League finalists are currently in the market to replace Robert Lewandowski, who is set to leave Signal Iduna Park once his contract expires this summer.

Dortmund could face competition from Serie A, however, with league leaders Roma also keen to spend big on a striker in the coming months. It is thought in Italy that Miralem Pjanic, Dzeko’s international team-mate, could be used to lure the City man to the Stadio Olimpico.

Elsewhere in Italy, Inter could look to pursue a move for Dzeko as they look to replace 34-year-old Diego Milito, with new owner Erick Thohir expected to invest heavily in the squad over the next 12 months.

City are keen to recoup the majority of the £27 million they paid for the striker in January 2011, but remain wary of Dzeko’s contract expiring at the end of the 2014-15 season.