Manuel Pellegrini has continued his summer clear-out at Manchester City by sanctioning the £14m sale of Edin Dzeko to AS Roma.
Dzeko, a £27m signing from Wolfsburg in January 2011, is to fly to the Italian capital to undergo a medical after agreeing personal terms with the club, who have qualified for this season’s Champions League after finishing as runners-up to Juventus in Serie A last term.
Despite scoring 72 goals in 187 appearances for City, the Bosnian forward has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium after falling out of favour under Pellegrini, who is ready to operate with Raheem Sterling and Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho as cover for Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony this season.
Dzeko’s departure makes the 29-year-old the ninth first-team squad member to leave the club this summer.
Stevan Jovetic, the Montenegro forward, completed an 18-month loan move to Inter Milan last month, while Micah Richards, James Milner and John Guidetti have all left the Etihad as free agents.
City have banked £1.5m from the sale of Dedryck Boyata to Celtic, with Scott Sinclair’s move to Aston Villa costing the Midlands club £2.5m.
Meanwhile, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo have both left City on permanent deals following loans to Schalke and Valencia respectively.
With City due to begin their Premier League campaign against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns next Monday, efforts are ongoing to lure Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg, backed financially by German car giant Volkswagen, are determined to retain the serves of the former Chelsea player, but it is understood that a bid in the region of £50m would persuade the Bundesliga runners-up to sell.