Saturday 16 December 2017

Dzeko Edin for Roma!

Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has joined Roma on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The Bosnia international scored 72 goals in 189 appearances for City since joining from Wolfsburg in January 2011, but saw his influence wane in an interrupted 2014/15 campaign in which he scored only six times.

According to statements released by both clubs, Dzeko's move to the Eternal City will become permanent if the 29-year-old meets certain targets in the coming season. Dzeko said on the Roma website: "I came here to win titles with Roma. I hope we will win many trophies but first we have to work hard on the field and in the end, we can get where we want. I can only promise you one thing: I will give my best to this team in every game."

The Italian club issued a statement saying they had paid €4million (£2.86million) as a loan fee, while securing an agreement that the deal will become permanent for a further payment of €11million (£7.875million) on "condition of the occurrence of certain sporting situations".

While not always a regular starter, Dzeko made a huge contribution in his first full season with City.

He scored 19 goals in 42 appearances including the stoppage-time header which made it 2-2 against QPR before Sergio Aguero's winner in the fourth minute of time added on secured the Premier League title.

He signed a new four-year deal last summer but as he failed to spark last season he began to be linked with a move away, and Roma have been pursuing his signature for several weeks.

He leaves Manchester a two-time Premier League winner, having also lifted the FA Cup and League Cup. He scored 50 Premier League goals in 130 appearances.

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