Borussia Dortmund are keen on signing the Bosnian striker, after their general manager Michael Zorc confirmed it himself this week:
"There should be little doubt about Edin Dzeko being a top-class striker, He is a great forward and a player one should be keen on. However there is also still somewhat of an economic aspect."
In other words they want to sign him, but they need Manchester City to lower their asking price.
For City, they do not have to sell. They paid £27 million for the striker two and a half seasons ago, and while he has performed well, they are unlikely to recuperate the whole fee.
Having cashed in on Mario Balotelli in January, City also don't need to free up wages or squad space for new additions, they have already done it.
So their only incentive to sell is if Dzeko pushes for it, or if they were to get something in return.
And this is where Borussia Dortmund really need to think logically.
They have one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe, in Robert Lewandowski, the 24-year-old who has bagged 23 goals in the Bundesliga already this season.
The Pole has one-year remaining on his current deal after this summer, and he is likely to be off, which is why Dortmund are so keen on signing Dzeko as a replacement.
While they still hold out a flicker of hope at retaining his services, what they really want to avoid is him forcing a move through to Bayern Munich, currently 20 points ahead of them in the Bundesliga.
It makes far more sense for Dortmund if they have to sell, to do so abroad, and City should angle so that they are in prime position.
Manchester United have been linked regularly with the striker, and City should consider him primarily due to his talent and price tag, but also to stop United getting him.
He is a far cheaper option than a Falcao or Cavani, with arguably more upside as he is yet to hit his peak, and by throwing Dzeko into the mix City could easily half the transfer fee and end up paying around £15 million for him only.
It appears to make sense for all parties, so why not?
Should City offer Dzeko plus cash for Lewandowski? Would you be happy with that deal?
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