Could Manchester City striker help Manchester United sign German star?

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has been linked with an Etihad exit ahead of Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline with rivals Manchester United still chasing Germany attacker Marco Reus.

According to reports in the Express, Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is prepared to take a ‘pay cut’ in order to agree a move to Borussia Dortmund but could the 27-year-old City striker help the Premier League leaders’ archrivals Manchester United seal a deal for Marco Reus?

The 24-year-old German international have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this month as Red Devils boss David Moyes looks to add to his £37.1 million spending bill on club record signing Juan Mata.

The reigning English champions are seemingly willing to pull out all the stops to achieve a top four finish this term as we head into the business end of the season. The signing of playmaker Juan Mata on Monday will certainly give the boss hope the season can be salvaged but he remains linked with Germany stars Toni Kroos and Marco Reus.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are reportedly preparing a £17 million offer to Manchester City for Dzeko who has been linked with a move away from the Etihad in search of better first-team opportunities. With Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski heading to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich when his contract expires this summer, Dzeko could be the ideal man to replace him.

After losing Lewandowski on a free transfer, Dortmund may not have the financial resources to pay Dzeko’s £7 million salary unless, of course, there are plans to offload a player to boost their spending power.

Following the record signing of Mata on Monday who will take the No.8 shirt at the Premier League champions rumours ensued that the No.7 shirt is being lined up for Marco Reus. If Dzeko does agree a move out of Manchester to Dortmund, he could well be helping United settle a deal taking Reus in the opposite direction.

The winger has scored 12 goals and made 11 assists in all competitions for Champions League runners-up this term and is expected to join the German national team on the flight to Brazil for the World Cup this summer by which point he could be the new Manchester United No.7.

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