The Sunday papers were, as ever, full of it today. With “just” the Champions League final and Championship play-off final to sink their teeth into, there was a whole host of transfer gossip. One of the major names mentioned was Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker is likely to beÂ one of the hottest properties this summer and bothÂ Spurs and Liverpool were linked.
The Daily Star claimÂ “Tottenham have stepped up their interest… Spurs boss Harry Redknapp lookedÂ to be in the best position after Chelsea cooled their interest.” Whilst overÂ in the News of the World we learn that “Liverpool are lining up Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko to replace Fernando Torres.”
The Sunday version ofÂ TheÂ Sun adds that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has sentÂ scout Manuel Junco to speak to the Wolfsburg hitman. To add to the mix both papers “understand” that Manchester City and Manchester United are interested.
Quite simply, Dzeko is the form striker in Europe and it would be a major surprise if he does not leave Wolfsburg this summer despite the arrival of newÂ Dutch Eredivisie champions Steve McClaren.Â The 24-year-old looksÂ to beÂ ripe for a move from the Bundesliga after finishing the season as top scorer in Germany with 22 league goals.
In total Dzeko scored 27 goals in 46 appearances and the four million euro fee Wolfsburg paid FK Teplice prior to the 2007/2008 season looks like an absolute steal.Â Besides his goals, and bear in mind that he scored 29 in 40 appearances in 2008/2009, DzekoÂ does his fair share of work outside the box.
In the season just finished Dzeko chippedÂ in with ten assists following his tally of nine last season and he was a major factor in his strike partner at Wolfsburg, Grafite, finishingÂ as top goal scorer as Felix Magath’s side won the Bundesliga title in 2008/2009.
At 6.3ft Dzeko has the physical qualities to succeed in English football and he is also one of the quickest strikers in Germany. To label him as the modern equivalent of Alan Shearer would be no exaggeration and he would likely plunder a great deal of goals in the Premier League. If there are still any doubts, Dzeko has excelled on the international stage, claiming 14 goals in 24 appearances for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Wolfsburg know full well that Dzeko guarantees goals and they are unlikely to sell him for cheap and major European clubs such as Bayern Munich and AC Milan could also pounce in front of the English clubs.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has talked of bringing in a “really special player” this summer to boost Spurs’ hopes in the Champions League and Dzeko is a striker of the highest quality. He would alsoÂ fitÂ well into the squad at White Hart Lane as he could play alongside any of the current strikers in the Tottenham squad.
Equally, Dzeko would become a cult hero at Anfield in no timeÂ and would likely provide a great source of goals to replace Fernando Torres should he leave Liverpool. If Benitez does somehow find himself flush with cash, a double act of El Nino and Dzeko would probably restore the Merseyside giants to being a major challenger in the Premier League again.
With so much speculation to be expected in the coming weeks, its worth having a look at Dzeko in action as he is probably the best striker who won’t be playing at the upcoming World Cup.
All of Edin Dzeko’s goals in 2009/2010 can be seen here.
The top 10 goals scored by Edin Dzeko can be seen on this video. (Apologies for the music on this one!)