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Tuesday 6 December 2016

City and Roma meet in a bid to thrash out deal for Dzeko

City striker Edin Dzeko
City striker Edin Dzeko

Manchester City and Roma officials will meet today in an attempt to thrash out a deal for Edin Dzeko.

The Blues and the Italian giants went-head-to-head in Melbourne this morning in the International Champions Cup.

But it is the off-field showdown that will determine striker Dzeko's future.

The Blues are willing to sell the Bosnian hitman but want around £20m for a player that cost them £27m from Wolfsburg in 2011.

Roma are though to be willing to pay around £12m.

Those two valuations will have to get closer together for Dzeko, who has helped to City two titles, to leave the Etihad.

Roma are keen, though - as they have been all summer.

Sporting director Walter Sabatini flew to Manchester last week to try to push a deal through and club legend Francesco Totti expressed his admiration.

Meanwhile, City boss Manuel Pellegrini dropped a strong hint that there could be further additions to his squad. Pellegrini refused to be drawn on individual targets, saying: "I don't talk about names or rumours and positions."

But he added: "You'll just have to see who arrives here. Our aim is to have a strong squad."

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