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Encouragement for Manchester City in pursuit of Edin Dzeko as Juventus say they won't 'go crazy' to sign the Wolfsburg striker

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that the Serie A club will not go mad in terms of what they are prepared to offer Wolfsburg for striking ace Edin Dzeko - which could be good news for Manchester City, as the Premier League's big spenders are also pursuing the Bosnian and have shown no hesitation in flashing the cash to land their transfer targets.

Sky Sport Italia were reporting late on Monday night that Marotta was set to fly to Germany for talks with Wolfsburg managing director Dieter Hoeness about the Bosnian. In the event the Italian didn't travel, but spoke to the Germans, who made it clear they are not interested in part-exchange deals; apparently Juve's idea was Diego and cash for Dzeko.

Hoeness recently said his club were not interested in selling Dzeko or his strike partner Grafite, though that could of course be a negotiating tactic; Wolfsburg are assumed by the Italian media to be holding out for a cash deal, knowing Juventus and Manchester City are moving with alacrity.

But Marotta has said that the Bianconeri are not prepared to break the bank and plunge the club into the red.

"Dzeko is one of the best strikers in the world and clearly he is one of our objectives," he told Tuttosport.

"But we have to keep in line with club policies on spending and we are not in the Champions League, so we have to watch our accounts.

"I spoke with Hoeness, but I cannot reveal everything. In today's market there aren't many clubs that can allow themselves to go crazy.

"We will be rational with Dzeko."

And should Manchester City beat Juve to Dzeko's signature, or the deal otherwise collapse, Il Corriere dello Sport claims the Old Lady will reignite the bundle of kindling for CSKA Moscow star Milos Krasic.

Juve's non-EU quota would not be taken up if Dzeko joins Manchester City, leaving the door open for Krasic.

City themselves appear to have given up on the Serbian winger after landing David Silva from Valencia, meaning Juventus can close a deal for around £12.5 million (€15m), despite the Russians wanting £15m (€18m).

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