Germany calling for Edin Dzeko?
- Thu 19 Apr 2012, 8:36AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Edin Dzeko has gained two new, important fans - and Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are battling to lure the Bosnian back to Germany in the summer, according to the morning papers.
Laydo writes that "It is understood Bundesliga leaders Dortmund and Champions League semi-finalists Bayern are keen to bring the 26-year-old back to the league where he once played so well.
"Bayern have already made Dzeko aware of their interest and City sources believe that is his most likely destination if they can match his wages and come up with the £20million-plus fee the Barclays Premier League club will demand."
Over at the Independent, Ian Herbert muses that "the strength of Bayern's front line – and in particular the presence of Mario Gomez – could be impediments for Dzeko, who wants to feature more often.
"Borussia Dortmund may provide another escape route. [They] have identified Dzeko as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker who has scored 21 in 37 games this season and is expected to leave this summer.
"There are suggestions from the Lewandowski camp that City might actually be interested in the 23-year-old Pole, who has been as prolific for Dortmund as he was previously at Lech Poznan."
Herbie, who has clearly been keeping close tabs on Roberto, adds: "Though Mancini's priorities lie elsewhere, in the form of Lille's Eden Hazard and Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Lewandowski certainly appears to fit the City system more than Dzeko. He operates well off a main striker."
Pat adds that "Harry Redknapp is an open admirer of Llorente and Spurs are prepared to pay big transfer fees.
But salaries remain a stumbling block, which is why Spurs are finding it difficult to make Emmanuel Adebayor’s loan move permanent
He admits: "It was probably the individual highlight of my club career. We go back a long way to Shrewsbury days and I saw his Dad, who is actually from a family of Wolves fans, in one of our local shops recently.
"Joe is probably in the top three goalkeepers in the world and it's a pleasure to see him doing so well. I think City are better than last season and are mentally stronger, so we will have to play really well to take something off them."