Mirror: Inter keen to land Dzeko?
- 18 April 2014 07:58
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City have to wait until Monday night for the next opportunity to take to the field, and that’s reflected in today’s media offerings.
The fixture list hasn’t been overly kind to Blues fans, with the five day gap ensuring the narrative remains fixed on Wednesday’s last-gasp draw with Sunderland for that bit longer.
However, do not despair, for Edin Dzeko has come to the rescue!
The Bosnian has picked up a few headlines of his own this morning for you to chew over, but the question remains: Milan or Manchester?
Inter are said to be making eyes in Dzeko’s direction, and president Erick Thohir has been doing some mild flirting with a number of strikers via the Italian headlines – as the Mirror has discovered.
Reports Alan Wilson: “The Italian club are in the market for a high-profile striker to beef-up their attack after another disappointing season.
“Inter finished a disappointing ninth in Serie A last season and are currently fighting to qualify for Europa League football next season.
“And president Erick Thohir admits he is eyeing the Premier League pair to fire his side back into a title race next season.
"‘We will sign a striker in the summer and he will be of European standard," Thohir told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘We have a lot of candidates in our list.
"‘We have to sign a striker and reports point to Dzeko, (Real Madrid forward Alvaro) Morata and Torres, and it would be great if one of them was to join us.’”
However, never fear, City are set to leave Mr Thohir disappointed according to the Manchester Evening News – which reports that the Blues are quite keen on keeping Edin all to themselves.
Stuart Brennan writes: “Edin Dzeko is set to talk over a new City deal after impressing manager Manuel Pellegrini this season.
“The Blues striker will be targeted by Inter Milan this summer and has also been arousing the interest of Arsenal, Roma and Monaco after scoring 21 goals in 43 appearances.
“But with his contract due to enter its final year this summer, City are ready to sit down with the 28-year-old Bosnian and discuss a new deal.”
Remember, when the transfer window does open we’ll be first with any confirmed ins, outs or new deals right here on mcfc.co.uk.
Not that long to wait now either if the Manchester weather can be taken as any indication – which it probably can’t.
His article points to a clogged fixture list – while also suggesting that Lady Luck has been shining more brightly on Anfield than the Blue half of Manchester.
Explains Brennan: “Fernandinho himself suggested that the rigours of a season when they have played 52 matches already – compared to Liverpool’s 39 – have affected the team.
“Chelsea have played 51 matches but they have a stronger squad.
“Liverpool’s squad has not been so thinly stretched, without European football and after early exits from the domestic cups.
“And, while no-one should take away from a superb season by Brendan Rodgers’ team, they have been blessed in the fact that Luis Suarez – their one truly world-class player – has started all 29 games since returning from his suspension in the first six of the season."
...Stuart Brennan, MEN...
“When you add the fact that their other key players have also avoided injury trouble – with Steven Gerrard playing 30 league games, Philippe Coutinho 29, Raheem Sterling 29 and Daniel Sturridge 26 – and it is fair to say luck has played its part.”
Well, we’ll see what happens in May first, shall we? Even if the fat lady is clearing her throat, she isn’t singing yet!