Roma step up pursuit of Manchester City striker Dzeko

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium but is on the verge of agreeing a move to the Italian capital this summer


GOAL By Paul Clennam


Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has flown into Manchester to tie up a deal for out-of-favour striker Edin Dzeko, Goal understands.

The Giallorossi chief will meet with City bosses on Monday morning to try and push the deal through, with an agreement expected to be reached at £15 million (€21m).

The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City in January.

Sabatini confirmed Roma’s interest in the player last week, and he has now arrived in England in a bid to complete the move in the coming days.

Dzeko has always insisted he wants to stay with the Blues, and told Goal at the end of last season that he wanted to remain with the club despite being unhappy at his lack of playing time at Eastlands.

But the 29-year-old is set to agree a five-year deal with the Serie A outfit, though the two clubs need to firm up the deal before any contracts can be signed.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has lost faith in the former Wolfsburg man following some disappointing performances towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign, and is willing to sell as he looks to rejuvenate his strikeforce.

And Roma are willing to sell Alessio Romagnoli to AC Milan in a bid to raise the funds required to complete the move.

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