Potential destinations for the AS Roma star
How do you know if the transfer window is in full swing? Probably when West Ham United are linked with an endless list of potential strikers.
Edin Dzeko is a legend at AS Roma. The 34-year-old is the Giallorossi’s third-highest scorer of all time, with realistic ambitions of one day moving up to second place, only inferior to club legend himself, Francesco Totti.
Dzeko only needs to add 26 goals to his current total of 113 to move Roberto Pruzzo to second place, and given his unmistakable professionalism and relentless mentality, it’s easily achievable.
But as it stands, he may never hear his name ringing around Stadio Olimpico again, after the latest twist in his career at Roma. The captain’s relationship with coach Paulo Fonseca appears to have broken down completely – which might have something to do with the embarrassing defeat to Spezia in Coppa Italia, when the coach made too many substitutions in the 120 minutes. .
He was left to watch from the stands I Giallorossi’s Serie A clash against the same opponent on Saturday, and without a word of injury it appears he was sent off the squad for his showdown with Fonseca.
Dzeko is making way too much money to rot on a bench for the next six months, so if the Roma board chooses to side with their manager, selling their striker is a must in this window. But who could sign it? 90 mins assesses the possible destinations of the prolific forward.
Dzeko scored the goal he describes as the best of his Roma career against the Blues in 2017, so they know how special he is.
Chelsea may not really need another striker right now, but they could return to the market if Olivier Giroud decides to leave the club.
The two experienced strikers share very similar profiles on the pitch, so he could be a natural replacement for the Frenchman.
You are probably wondering, “how has this movement not already happened ?!” but there is a simple answer to this question. West Ham only signs cursed attackers, and Dzeko is too good-looking to succumb to the same fate as Sébastien Haller or Andy Carroll.
The Hammers have turned a corner under David Moyes, however, and there is an air of optimism surrounding the east London club. They crave a cheeky chance in European qualifying this year, and a quality striker could make the difference.
Make no mistake, Dzeko is top notch. He will remain underestimated until the day of his retirement, but the supporters of all the clubs he has honored will forever sing his praises. The only risk for West Ham is the exorbitant salary it would expect.
No matter how much money they spend, Paris Saint-Germain are always short on decent center forwards. They splashed out on Mauro Icardi a lot in May 2020, but less than a year later, and they are already considering his future.
There have been rumors of a potential exchange between the two clubs, which would see Dzeko join Alessandro Florenzi in France, while Icardi make a dramatic Serie A return in the Italian capital.
It’s a deal that would suit both teams, and could satisfy the needs of both forwards as well.
Antonio Conte loves experienced heads and his determination to sign Dzeko in previous showcases only confirms this trend. Inter are in the midst of a tense title race with city rivals Milan and they know this season could be their best chance to reach the Italian top after a fruitless decade.
So, never dismiss Conte’s persuasive skills and thirst for the transfer market. He will be looking for a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in the event of tired legs or injuries, and you won’t find a better replacement than Dzeko.
I Nerazzurri will be aware of the cost of his salary over the next 18 months or so, but if that’s the price of a famous scudetto hit, Conte will bite your hand.
The movement that seemed destined to materialize less than six months ago could finally materialize. The only factor that kept Dzeko from joining Juventus last summer was the last-second break in negotiations between Roma and SSC Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik.
The Bosnian was happy to stay in the capital, but he was clearly ready to pack his bags and travel to Turin as well. I Bianconeri are still looking for an alternative to Alvaro Morata as a center-forward, and with their title defense hanging by a thread, recruiting is key this winter.
Dzeko has won countless points at Roma over the past five and a half years, but none more important than a potentially title-defining contribution from Andrea Pirlo over the next five months.