Il Tempo (Biafora) – And after four years and 85 goals, the paths of Roma and Dzeko could be separated at the end of the season. The Bosnian has a contract expiring in 2020 and the idea of the club is to sell him, mainly because of his high wages. The striker is the highest paid player in the squad earning €6 million (net) per year and his goal return has been well below expectations. Dzeko should be the top-player of the team, the one who drags his teammates to the sound of goals, but he has only scored twelve this season, including five in the Champions League group stage. The Bosnian was discussed in the recent meeting between the sporting director Ricky Massara and Claudio Vigorelli, Zaniolo’s agent who has also often acted as an intermediary between Trigoria and English clubs, as the first proposal of West Ham was analysed.
The London side, who tried to purchase Dzeko during the winter window, offered €10 million for the attacker. Massara, for now, has returned the offer back to sender as he gave Vigorelli the task of getting West Ham to raise the offer to €20 million. For his end, Dzeko has already found a principle agreement with the English side, who would guarantee him a two-year contract with the same figures he’s received in Rome. Dzeko has received expressions of interest also from Everton and Inter, but currently West Ham is ahead of its competitors. Meanwhile, Massara continues to work on other negotiations, with an average of five meetings per day between incoming and outgoing business as he’s tasked with trying to balance the annual budget at Roma.