Dzeko’s future still up in the air

John Solano

The saga of Edin Dzeko continues to drag on. Il Tempo reports that Roma and Inter remain deadlocked in a tug-of-war for the Bosnian, who has made it clear: he wants to move to the Nerazzurri. The meeting on Monday between Silvano Martina, Dzeko’s Italy-based agent, and Inter’s management team was used to try and shake things up. In addition to reaffirming their intention to buy him, the Nerazzurri asked Dzeko’s entourage for a “hand” to help unblock the situation. While they do want to understand a final asking price, they also invited Dzeko himself to force his hand.

It was not a clear invitation to evade professional duties, but a typical request in similar transfer market cases for clubs that want to buy a certain player but find resistance. On Monday, Inter made it clear that they were ready to relaunch their offer up to €20 million, but they want to be sure not to find another door locked in their face by Roma.

So it remains to be seen if Dzeko will continue to behave impeccably or if he will pound his fists on the table to leave. The impression is that by next week the story should take a definitive turn with a watchful eye to what happens elsewhere: such as the destination of Lukaku (Inter or Juve) and how that will affect the futures of Higuain and Icardi, two potential substitutes that Petrachi has not been able to woo up until today.

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