Tuesday, 7th August, 2012
AC Milan made an offer to Manchester City for Bosnian hitman Edin Dzeko, according to Corriere dello Sport, but saw it instantly rejected.
The Rossoneri are keen for the 26-year-old, who has long been a popular option amongst Italian clubs looking for more firepower, to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the San Siro.
However, Milan’s bid for Dzeko was knocked back at once by Roberto Mancini’s English champions.
Milan wanted to take the former Wolfsburg striker on loan for the season, without paying a fee, and then, should Dzeko impress, the Rossoneri would activate a purchase option set at €21M.
For Manchester City, such an offer was well off the radar of what would be acceptable.
Indeed, Mancini is believed to want to keep hold of Dzeko, putting pay to Milan’s hopes of taking the tall striker to Italy.
Despite pocketing big money from selling Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain, Milan have not yet managed to replace either, and the pressure is mounting as the new campaign edges ever closer.
Dzeko found the back of the net 14 times in 30 Premier League appearances last season, as he helped the Citizens to claim the title.
He faces strong opposition for a starting spot at Eastlands though, with Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli all options for Mancini.
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