Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Edin Dzeko can leave with Roma and Arsenal interested

Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko

James Orr

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Edin Dzeko will be allowed to leave the club this summer, amid reports of interest from Arsenal and Roma.

Dzeko came on as a 65th-minute substitute in City's 4-1 defeat by Real Madrid in a pre-season fixture in the US today.

After City's second pre-season game on Tuesday, Pellegrini said about Dzeko, who played no part in that match:

"Edin didn't play the last game as it's not clear if he will continue here or not, but he is still working here with the whole squad."

With Raheem Sterling having already arrived at the Etihad Stadium, Dzeko has fallen even further down the pecking order at City.

Dzeko made 22 appearances in the Premier League for City last term, but only started 11 of those matches.

Arsene Wenger has placed a "superstar" centre-forward on his transfer wish list and Arsenal are working on signing the player, according to Gunners director Lord Harris.

Arsenal are yet to make many waves in the transfer market with Petr Cech's arrival from Chelsea the only significant business completed.

It's left some supporters of the club concerned, but Harris has revealed that the club are working on bringing in Wenger's targets. It's been revealed that a prominent striker is keen on moving to the Emirates but his club do not need to sell.

"We get a list of the players that Wenger wants. On the list is a centre forward, but I'm not going to tell you who he is," Harris told the Daily Mail.

"You've got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don't have to sell."

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