This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to the new reports coming from The Mirror, Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Roma’s Edin Dzeko. Needless to say, losing the veteran could be disastrous for the Gladiators but not if some other talents step up accordingly.
The Special One is rather keen on bringing the former Manchester City player to Tottenham Hotspur as a relief for his star striker, Harry Kane.
For that reason, as Mirror’s exclusive update states, Spurs’ scouts have been ordered to watch Dzeko in action.
The veteran, who will be 34 next year, could be an adequate substitute for the team, seeing how Mourinho presently only has Troy Parrott for that role.
As talented as the youngster is, he is still not fully ready to take up such a responsibility.
For Roma, however, that potential transfer could spell trouble as they are currently lacking on that front. But if young talents like Justin Kluivert were to step up, the Italians could somehow get over that rough patch.
The now 20-year-old Kluivert is still a somewhat fresh face in Roma’s squad.
Signed for a reported fee of £15.16m in the summer of 2018, the young winger is still struggling to fully emerge from his cocoon. During his first campaign in Serie A, he managed to net two goals and eight assists across all competitions, though most of his appearances came from the bench in the latter stages of the game.
And this is exactly where it gets tricky.
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Apart from Dzeko and Kolarov, both of whom are rapidly approaching the twilight of their careers with the former being 33 and the latter 34, Roma don’t really have a reliable goal-scorer in the team.
Losing Dzeko to Spurs would leave them with a 34-year-old Kolarov and basically no one else.
Kluivert, even though he is not a traditional striker but rather a wide man, is the next best thing they have in their squad.
Granted, he is currently out injured but if Dzeko was to leave, the youngster would suddenly have much more responsibility on his shoulders than ever before.
That is not to say that others wouldn’t have to step up but Kluivert currently seems like the only other solution for Roma’s goal-scoring issues.
For Mourinho, though, this deal would definitely make sense.
Dzeko is someone who has enough pedigree and experience to offer Kane a stable backup.
The Bosnian is a proven-winner and you can never have enough of those in your squad. But how would Roma respond to his potential departure?
Only time will tell.
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