24-year-old Bosnia international striker EDEN DZEKO, the reigning two-time Bosnian Footballer of the Year, was the top Torjaeger in all the German Bundesliga last season with 22 goals for Vfl Wolfsburg and has scored 10 goals in 17 league games for the Lower Saxony club this term. (Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts / Getty Images)
The German outlets have begun to offer confirmation, but England’s THE SUN was among the first to report that MANCHESTER CITY’s eighteen month-long chase of Bosnia international striker EDEN DZEKO of Bundesliga side VFL WOLFSBURG has finally come to a satisfactory conclusion for the Eastlands club.
A transfer fee believed by The Sun to be 27.0 million English pounds has, apparently, been agreed between the Premier League outfit backed by the cash of the ABU DHABI UNITED GROUP FOR DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT and the German club. Manchester City’s Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI has publically stated that the Dzeko deal is done and all that is lacking is the player’s signature on a contract with respect to personal terms. Some reports have it that the Bosnia will be offered a paypack of 100,000 English pounds per week.
The 24-year-old Dzeko, who has scored 17 goals in 31 internationals for Bosnia thus far in his career, totaled 66 goals in 111 Bundesliga games in his time with Vfl Wolfsburg after arriving from Czech Republic team FK Teplice to begin the 2007-08 campaign.
Bosnia international striker EDEN DZEKO of Vfl Wolfburg shoots past Energie Cottbus’ Germany U-21 international goalkeeper THORSTEN KIRSCHBAUM to score his side’s only goal in the 3-1 loss to the 2.Bundesliga side in the DFB Pokal match at the Volkswagen Arena in Lower Saxony on December 22, 2010. (Christian Charisius/Reuters)
The Bosnia international attacker joins a Manchester City side already well stocked with a boatload of high-priced strikers on the books. Just this past summer, 20-year-old Italy international MARIO BALOTELLI was brought in by the Eastlands club for a mere 24.0 million English pounds. Dzeko’s arrival surely must signal the long-awaited departure of three-time Paraguay World Cup striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ.
Out-of-favor Togo international striker EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR, who reportedly had a good training tussle with Ivory Coast World Cup defender KOLO TOURE today, is another who could be on his way from Manchester City soon.
Meanwhile, a transfer fee of 27.0 million English pounds will present Vfl Wolfsburg with a fantastic profit from their investment in Dzeko. After leading the Czech league with 13 goals for the 2006-07 season, the Bosnia was bought by then-Vfl Wolfsburg manager FELIX MAGATH for just 4.0 million Euros. The transfer reportedly agreed to for Dzeko works out roughly to a fee of 31.625 Euros that Manchester City will be paying the German club, who are a wholly owned subsidiary of German automobile manufacturers VOLKSWAGEN GROUP.
The existing Bundesliga record transfer is the 30.0 million Euro fee Bayern Munich paid to Vfb Stuttgart for Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ in the summer of 2009.
2007/08 — 28 games —- 8 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2008/09 — 32 games – 26 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2009/10 — 34 games – 22 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2010/11 —- 17 games – 10 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2007/08 — 5 games – 2 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2008/09 — 2 games – 6 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2009/10 — 2 games – 2 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2010/11 —- 2 games – 1 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2008/09 —- 8 games – 4 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg
2009/10 — 12 games – 5 goals — Vfl Wolfsburg