Chelsea are lining up a shock move for Manchester City striker Eden Dzeko, according to the Daily Mirror.
With 37-year old Didier Drogba set to leave in the summer, Jose Mourinho views Dzeko as an ideal replacement of the physical power that will be lost by Drogba’s suspected departure. The Chelsea boss is also looking to ease the burden on Diego Costa, with his recurring hamstring injury a constant fear. Loic Remy impresses only in short stints.
It has been a disappointing season for Dzeko at City, with just six goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this campaign. This downturn in form has seen him lose his place in attack to Wilfried Bony.
The 29-year old joined City in January 2011 from German side VFL Wolfsburg, for a fee of around £26 million.
He signed a four-year contract last year, and is known on the blue side of Manchester as being a scorer of ‘heavy goals’, according to City fans – he has scored at several crucial times in the club’s recent success. It’s this knack that has caught Mourinho’s eye.
With many players, and possibly the manager, expected to leave the club in the summer, City are prepared to listen to offers for their 6ft 4in striker.
Reported interest from Juventus, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, and his former club Wolfsburg prompted a price tag of £15 million to be quoted.
However, there have been no official bids at that price, so Mourinho apparently is looking to snatch the striker for around £10 million.
But, City aren’t keen to sell to another English club, so may change Dzeko’s valuation to try and find a foreign buyer.