No transfer window has passed in recent years without a Premier League club linked with a move for AS Roma’s excellent playmaker Miralem Pjanic – with the Mirror among those to link him with Liverpool in January. It now appears as though the Bosnia international will be staying in Italy, but he wants to see Manchester City striker and international team-mate Edin Dzeko join him in the Eternal City.
Dzeko is just one of a number of City’s strikers who are struggling at the moment. Signed by Roberto Mancini in 2011 for £27 million (per the Telegraph) from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, the 29-year-old may have only signed a four-year extension last summer, but he could be set to make a new start in Serie A.
According to the Daily Star, Dzeko has confided in his Bosnia and Herzegovina team-mate, and Pjanic says the striker would like to join him in Rome:
He said: “We are friends and he has told me that he would love to play in Serie A. He is closely following Roma.
“It would be great if we could one day play together both for the national team and here in Roma.”
Both Roma and City are likely to make changes this summer. Rudi Garcia needs a more mobile No.9 target man to lead his attack and give his stuttering side a different look to the one that has struggled to break down teams when they sit back and defend.
Dzeko earned his new contract after scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances last season. Overall he has scored 50 goals in 129 games, but has only found the net four times this season despite playing 21 times.
Whoever is in charge of the Manchester club next season may fancy a few new faces at the Etihad, and with Wilfried Bony signing in January and Sergio Aguero untouchable, Dzeko may be the one to make way.