Saturday, June 06, 2009
Dzeko’s agent: “Arsenal’s bid is the most serious”
By 1970's Gooner
It seems that Arsene Wenger is going to carry out the promise he gave at the shareholders meeting that he will go into the transfer market to strengthen the team.
But this latest news about an interest in Bosnian hit man Dzeko seems to be an attempt to maintain the team’s strength rather than add to it.
As the bid appears to be serious (according to Dzeko’s agent, Irfan Redžepagić) one conclusion that can be drawn is that Adabayor looks like a goner to pastures new.
He is a player who, like some other outward Wenger transfers, should have walked at least a year before. Let’s just hope that Arsenal get the same money for him that were offered then (25m).
According to the agent, Dzeko will have to consider Arsenal’s interest seriously much more than Manchester city’s!
“It is not realistic for Dzeko who is a leading player in Germany and due to perform in the Champions League to opt for an average club like Manchester City. Arsenal is the other case. We will discuss their offer seriously” Redžepagić said while in Germany.
So there you have it. Wenger’s interest is genuine and according to other reports it is Boro Primorac who has been running the rule over Dzeko over the last year.
Boro remember is also a Bosnian and would be ideal during this stage of the “process” and of course in the negotiations that might follow.
One must not forget, however, that there is a long way to go on this transfer yet as the player is currently having talks with his team, German champions Wolfsburg, about extending his contract.
“I will talk over the weekend with Edin and we will see what is best for him. On Monday it is back to the negotiations with Wolfsburg” said Redžepagić.
Dzeko has, what I would call, a goal scorer's record in Germany of averaging a goal every other game. He scored 26 goals in 32 appearances as Wolfsburg beat off late competition from Bayern Munich to seal the first German national title in the club's history.
He has kept that average during his time with Wolfsburg scoring 34 goals in 60 appearances while his record with the Bosnian national team is better, 12 goals in 17appearances.
He is 23 years old and stands 6ft 3 ½ in tall (1.92m). Adebayor surprise, surprise is exactly the same height! Robin van Persie is slightly shorter at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).
Date of birth: 17 March 1986 (age 23)
Place of birth: Sarajevo
Height: 1.92 m (6 ft 31⁄2 in)
Playing position: Striker
Current club: VfL Wolfsburg
2002-2003: FK Željezničar
2003–2005- FK Željezničar 40 apps (5 gls)
2006–2007- FK Teplice 43 apps (17 gls)
2007– VfL Wolfsburg 60 apps (34 gls)
2007– Bosnia and Herzegovina 17apps (12 gls)