Lombardo believes Dzeko has a future at Manchester City

Manchester City coach Attilio Lombardo believes striker Edin Dzeko still has a future at the club.

Despite notching 14 goals in 28 Premier League games last season, the Bosnian found himself in and out of manager Roberto Mancini’s starting line-up, particularly after Carlos Tevez’s return to action late in the season.

While Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz look set to depart the club, City still have Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero on their books and have been linked with Arsenal star Robin van Persie – however, Lombardo does not expect Mancini to let a player of Dzeko’s calibre leave the club.

“Dzeko is a big player, and I think Manchester City want big players,” Lombardo told Sky Sports News following City’s pre-season defeat to Oldham Athletic.

“It is not surprising because Dzeko for me is a player who can play here again for more time, but I don’t know.”

Adebayor looks set to complete a move to Tottenham, but the former Juventus player could not provide an update on the Togo international’s current situation.

When asked if any other clubs were interested in the 28-year-old, Lombardo simply replied: “I don’t know.”

Manchester City deny Dzeko agent exit claims

Manchester City have moved to deny rumours that Edin Dzeko is close to joining AC Milan, following reported claims from the player’s agent.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the Bosnia & Herzegovina international’s representative, Sead Susic, was “70 per cent” sure of his client completing a move to Serie A.

However, his current club have now dismissed the suggestions, insisting that they are not aware of the alleged source of the quotes, Mr Susic.

A club statement read: “The club have no knowledge of the so called spokesman Mr Susic, nor has it given a mandate to any third party to discuss the transfer of Edin Dzeko, who remains a Manchester City player.”

Dzeko has struggled for consistency since joining the Etihad side in January 2011 for £27 million following a prolific spell with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

It has been reported that Roberto Mancini would be willing to offload the striker should he secure the services of Robin van Persie from Arsenal.

Arsenal should suggest Van Persie & Dzeko swap deal, says Parlour

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested the Gunners ask Manchester City for striker Edin Dzeko in exchange for wantaway captain Robin van Persie.

The Bosnian has failed to reproduce the form which encouraged Roberto Mancini to part with £27 million in order to bring him in from Wolfsburg, leading to speculation that he may be moved on this summer.

Meanwhile, Van Persie recently expressed his intention to reject any further contract offers, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

And Parlour, who made 468 appearances for the north London club during a distinguished career, believes a swap deal could be beneficial for both sides.

“I don’t know what Arsenal will look at, but if [Van Persie] does want to go to Manchester City then maybe they could look at a swap deal with someone like Dzeko and bring him in,” he told talkSPORT.

Although Parlour believes Dzeko would be a good addition, he went on to concede that the strict wage structure at the Emirates Stadium could see Arsenal miss out.

“His wages might be a problem,” he added.

“I don’t know what kind of wages Dzeko is on at Manchester City and Arsenal have always had that pay structure that they want to keep to and maybe they have to change that.

“Times are moving on and if you want the best players they go for the best money.

Staying put

It had been widely reported that the Bosnia and Herzegovina striker was close to sealing a move to Serie A side AC Milan but his current club have dismissed the rumours. Manchester City have moved to deny rumours that Edin Dzeko is close to joining AC Milan, following reported claims from the player’s agent.
Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the Bosnia & Herzegovina international’s representative, Sead Susic, was “70 per cent” sure of his client completing a move to Serie A. However, his current club have now dismissed the suggestions, insisting that they are not aware of the alleged source of the quotes, Mr Susic.

A club statement read: “The club have no knowledge of the so called spokesman Mr Susic, nor has it given a mandate to any third party to discuss the transfer of Edin Dzeko, who remains a Manchester City player.”

Dzeko has struggled for consistency since joining the Etihad side in January 2011 for £27 million following a prolific spell with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested the Gunners ask Manchester City for striker Edin Dzeko in exchange for wantaway captain Robin van Persie. (goal)