Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini comments on reported agreement with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko

Reports have surfaced suggesting Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko has already agreed to join Roma.

Speaking to the Italian publication Il Tempo, Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed the club’s interest in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and says a deal is very close.

The Bosnia international’s future at the Etihad Stadium has been heavily speculated on this summer after the striker failed to nail down a regular starting berth last season.

As per a previous report in The Sun, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was said to be happy to cash in on Dzeko this summer, with Premier League rivals Arsenal listed as a surprise option.

However, Serie A challengers Roma have also held a long-standing interest in the former Wolfsburg man and TMW claimed on Friday that the striker had already agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi.

Speaking to reporters concerning the speculation, sporting director Walter Sabatini acknowledged his side’s interest, stating: "It's true, we want to take Dzeko, although it is still very close.”

The right time to move on?

While Edin Dzeko hasn’t been a roaring success, he has helped the Citizens claim two Premier League titles and two domestic cups since joining the club during the 2011 January transfer window.

He has netted a total of 50 Premier League goals in 130 appearances, though last season it became evident that his time at the club was drawing to a close with the acquisition of Wilfried Bony.

Another season at City would only see fewer first-team appearances, and a move to Roma, who can offer Champions League football and a regular starting berth, is surely an option too good to turn down.

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