Wenger eyes up Dzeko as Negredo moves towards Manchester
Arsene Wenger may rekindle his interest in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko if he becomes surplus to requirements at the Ethiad with the arrival of Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla.
Arsenal had been monitoring the Bosnian striker’s situation in January but the sale of Mario Balotelli to AC Milan meant that Roberto Mancini was reluctant to let him go and it appeared as if the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus last month may give Dzeko a chance in new boss Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
That looks to have changed now as the Premier League runners up are favourites to sign Negredo from the Liga team after chairman Jose Maria del Nido grew weary of Atletico Madrid’s slow pace in negotiating a deal for the Spanish international.
Former Barcelona director Txiki Begiristain was alerted to the breakdown in talks and has begun negotiations with the club, which are believed to have progressed swiftly.
City are hoping to land Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan but are struggling to compete for their main strike targets such as Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo though they are still looking to move players such as Dzeko and Gareth Barry on from the club as a new regime begins.
Pellegrini has been assured that he controls the fate of the players at City though and will not let Dzeko go unless adequate replacement is brought in but club officials are still looking to recoup some of the £27million outlayed on the striker.
Arsenal are desperate to bring in a big name striker this summer but are also finding it difficult to tie down any of their targets as negotiations to secure Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid look to have reached a stalemate and the future of Wayne Rooney likely to be decided by funds outside of Wenger’s reach.
Wayne Rooney is another option Wenger would be keen on bringing to the club but he has received little encouragement form his initial enquiries to the player’s representatives that the Gunners would be a choice for the England striker who is meeting with new United manager David Moyes this week to discuss his future.
With rumours of his £75million transfer budget circling and his own admission that he is not afraid to spend it, it looks certain that Wenger will bring in a big name striker from somewhere.