Since 2009 Manchester City have splashed out on eight strikers, with Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo the latest to arrive at the Etihad.
Of those eight, only Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero remain at the club with the new signings, and the Bosnian might yet find himself leaving Manchester City before the new season.
Borussia Dortmund and Napoli were the two teams most heavily linked to the 27-year-old, but with the German side signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and set to keep Robert Lewandowski, and the Serie A runners up trying to sign Leandro Damiao and Gonzalo Higuain, Dzeko could be left short of options.
If he is unwilling to accept a bit part role at Manchester City, could Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal make a bid for the Bosnian?
Both North London teams are in desperate need of a new striker this summer, and have so far failed to land any of their primary targets.
Spurs have missed out on David Villa and Christian Benteke, whilst Arsenal have fallen behind Napoli in the race for Higuain, and seem unlikely to sign either Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney.
Despite being used sparingly at City, Dzeko has scored 14 Premier League goals in each of the past two seasons, and has all the attributes to be the ideal fit for either Spurs or Arsenal. It was only two and a half years ago that City paid £27million for his services, and Dzeko still has the instinct that saw him score 85 goals in 142 appearances for Wolfsburg.
Wages could be an issue, as Dzeko could well have to take a pay cut to join either side from City, and Manuel Pellegrini might still fancy the 27-year-old as a key part of his squad.
The Premier League runners up might also be unwilling to let Dzeko leave for a domestic rival, but if there is a chance of a deal, Spurs and Arsenal should do everything in their power to sign the Bosnian.
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