The Bundesliga is a hotbed for footballing talent at the moment. As well as highly-coveted stars like Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben, that would walk into any top European side, Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko is in big demand. Chased by a host of top Premiership clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as AC Milan, Dzeko’s agent has confirmed there is a €40 million release clause in the striker’s contract.
The Bosnian international, 23, hit the headlines when he led Wolfsburg to their first ever Bundesliga title, scoring 26 goals and forming an explosive partnership with Brazilian striker Grafite, who was the league’s top scorer with 28 goals. Obafemi Martins was signed from Newcastle this season to emulate last season’s heroics, creating a potentially lethal attack. But with manager Felix Magath defecting to Schalke, Wolfsburg are currently struggling in the Bundesliga, sitting in 12th place and 23 points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen. That means they may have to sell their prized assets as it is unlikely that they will qualify for European competition for next season.
While Grafite has been unable to recreate last season’s form (only scoring 6 goals in the league), Dzeko has done well scoring 11 goals in the Bundesliga and adding 4 in the Champions League. The striker also was the second top scorer in World Cup qualifying, notching 9 goals for Bosnia, and was tied with Wayne Rooney in second place, just behind Theofanis Gekas, the Greek striker who apparently played for Portsmouth last season, and was so good he made only one substitute appearance for the struggling club.
Former manager Felix Magath has described Dzeko as:
“He is just the kind of striker a club would wish for. He is unselfish, has an accurate shot and header, and knows what to do with the ball the moment he receives it.”
The Bosnian has expressed a desire to go to AC Milan in the past, nearly signing for the Serie A giants last summer, but the move stalled over disagreements over the transfer fee. Whatever happens, Dzeko would be a valuable asset to any Premiership team, and with the top four all in need of an extra striker, he would do well if he came to England.
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