Dzeko to leave Man City in possible swap deal

Updated: March 27, 2012

Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is set to leave Manchester City this summer.

The Blues have reportedly invited offers for the striker.  Dzeko has been  in good form this season but such are the plethora of attacking options available to manager Roberto Mancini that opportunities for the 26 year-old have been limited.

The man who costed title contenders City £27 million to sign back in 2010 has an impressive strike rate of 13 goals from 22 games this season; including the four he scored against Spurs in August.

Mancini has tended to favour Mario Balotelli to partner 24 goal hit man Sergio Aguero upfront and with the recent return of Carlos Tevez to the starting line-up; Dzeko’s opportunities are set to become increasingly more limited.

A possible swap deal involving Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain has also been mooted but a switch to Germany (Wolfsburg) or Italian (Juventus) seems more likely.

Former Bosnian national team coach Faruk Hadzibegic has said: “It is in his own interests, and in the interests of Bosnian football, that he finds a club where he will have maximum playing time – even it’s at the price of playing for an inferior club.”

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