Dzeko in fight to save Manchester City career - report

Despite a strong scoring record this season, the Bosnian has fallen behind Sergio Ageuro and Mario Balotelli in the pecking order at Eastlands and may face the axe this summer

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Edin Dzeko faces a fight to remain at Manchester City, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Joining from Wolfsburg a little over a year ago for £27 million, the Bosnian has been pushed down the pecking order by boss Roberto Mancini after the impressive form of Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero, resulting in the striker becoming unhappy at life at the Eithad Stadium.

However, with Dzeko notching 18 goals in all competitions this season Mancini is hoping to recoup what his original fee, with Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus showing an interest.

The striker was unhappy at being substituted during City's first leg loss to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night, with his below-par display being overshadowed by a livelier Balotelli.

The news that Carlos Tevez is close to a return to first team action will come as more bad news for the 25-year-old, in addition to Mancini refusing to deny interest in Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie and the return of Swedish ­youngster John Gudetti from his successful loan spell at Feyenoord, meaning Dzeko could well be viewed as surplus to requirements come the summer.