In the past 24 hours, rumours have swirled linking Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko with a move to Borussia Dortmund.
While Dzeko has been successful in his footballing pursuits at City, winning the club’s first Premier League title in 40 years, he was found himself sharing shifts at striker with world class talents Sergio Agüero, Mario Balotelli, and Carlos Tevez. Although, Balotelli recently transferred to AC Milan, it has been rumoured that Manchester City plan on bringing in Colombian striking phenomenon Falcao in from Atletico Madrid this summer.
With Dortmund’s primary striker Robert Lewandowski on his way out, presumably to rivals Bayern Munich, Dzeko’s arrival would allow him to be the primary goalscorer at the club. Dortmund, the German champions of the past two seasons, have, like everyone else in the country, fallen beyond reach of the incredible pace set by future champions Bayern Munich. The race to retool for next year’s campaign is likely already underway for Borussia who, barring a collapse of epic proportions, will secure qualification into the 2013-14 Champions League. Names linked with Jürgen Klopp’s side include Hannover’s Mame Diouf and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis.
Dzeko is, of course, no stranger to either the Bundesliga, or being a club’s top goal scorer. Dzeko spent four and a half seasons with VfL Wolfsburg, where he scored 66 in 111 league matches. In his second season with the club, Dzeko flourished and in turn, helped guide the club to its first ever Bundesliga title, capping off his season with two hat-tricks in the month of May. The following year, he was the league’s top goalscorer, with 22 placed in the back of the net. He departed in 2011, during the January transfer window, but not before becoming his club’s all-time top scorer.
In a television appearance, Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke dismissed the idea of Dzeko’s imminent return to German football, accusing those who expected Dortmund to buy players from Manchester City, of being ignorant about the Borussians’ frugal financial philosophy. Watzke, also famously dismissed similar rumours about Nuri Sahin retuning to the club on loan in January, three days before Sahin signed a deal doing just that.
Watzke promised earlier this week, that his club would invest more this summer then they had in the past, owing that to the money gained from playing in the Champions league. Dortmund won the so-called “Group of Death” this year, topping Real Madrid, Ajax, and, ironically enough, Edin Dzeko and Manchester City. They have secured a spot in the final eight, after dismantling Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
According to German football reporter Raphael Honigstein who broke the story, a similar deal was close to done last year, that would have sent the Bosnian to Bayern Munich, but was sabotaged by agents whose monetary demands became too much, causing the deal to collapse.
The proposed Dzeko move is by no means a guarantee. Carlos Tevez has been rumoured to be on his way out of Manchester City, which may cause the club to reconsider selling Dzeko, who has proven his able to excel within the English game. Borussia Dortmund also do have their current striker Lewandowski under contract until 2014, so they can retain his services for another season, assuming they are willing to let him walk for free afterwards.