Edin Dzeko could hold the key to Manchester City's pursuit of Marco Reus this summer

Despite denials, could Roberto Mancini use Dzeko as a Robert Lewandowski replacement trade-option in order to bring the German international to the club?

Manchester City would not want you to believe it but the likelihood is they are not going to complete a miracle and overhaul Manchester United for the title this season. Roberto Mancini’s side came into the season as many people’s favourites except for those who predicted Robin Van Persie would make the difference for Manchester United this season. In the end that latter prediction looks increasingly likely to be proving correct.

So this summer will more than likely see an amount of chopping and changing at The Etihad Stadium as an amount of tinkering looks necessary to revitalise the team and challenge on both a European and domestic front next season.

One area where they are already discussing potential incomings has been on the wings with Jesus Navas of Sevilla being mentioned; along with Borussia Dortmund starlet Marco Reus.

The German international has been one of the clubs star players in the Champions League this season and his impressive performance against Manchester City would have caught the eye of Roberto Mancini.

But he will not come cheap as Borussia Dortmund are not a team in need of sudden investment.

So how can they get one-up on a move for Reus?

The move involves the future of two strikers who have both dominated the Bundesliga in recent years; Edin Dzeko and Robert Lewandowski.

It is now well known that Lewandowski is keen on a summer exit from Signal Iduna Park with the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United said to be very keen in his services.

That departure would leave a considerable hole in the attacking options available at Die Schwarzgelben with just Julian Schieber as an attacking option.

Despite the financial stability at the club they are not in a position to spend large quantities of money on a like-for-like replacement. This was confirmed by the clubs Sporting Manager Michael Zorc this week:

"Economically, that's not imaginable for Borussia Dortmund. We would need to sign an absolute world-class player to match the quality Robert Lewandowski embodied in the three years he's been playing for us."

Unless somebody was willing to give them such a player as part of a trade deal for, oh I don’t know, Marco Reus?

Edin Dzeko may have had a better season this year at City but the likelihood remains he will continue to play from the bench. The Bosnian terrorised defences in the Bundesliga when he helped Wolfsburg to the title before his move to the Premier League and the thought of doing the same may just convince him to head back to Germany with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Could Manchester City use Edin Dzeko as a makeweight in any deal for Marco Reus?

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