There are various reports that Roma’s bid for Edin Dzeko the Manchester City striker has been turned down, and that could mean the Italian club could turn to 20 year-old Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic – if they cannot get a decent deal for the Bosnian striker.
The Italian press is reporting Manchester City want really big money for the 29 year-old striker, whose current deal still has three years to run.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – could turn down Newcastle
The news is Roma want to take the striker on loan for the season, with an option to buy for €15M (£10.6M)- but City are reported to want as much as €28M (£19.6M) for the accomplished striker.
With Raheem Sterling reportedly taking his medical in Manchester today, the acquisition of the Englishman could mean that City are more willing to allow Dzeko to leave, but they want as much as they can for him.
The fee of £49M (yes, UK pounds) for Raheem seems massive and more than the Liverpool winger is worth.
Tuttomercatoweb are claiming that City will ¨help¨ Roma by allowing the payment of €28M over two years with €21M (£14.7M) required up front – that’s good of them.
Roma always wanted Dzeko as their first choice, and the fact they are having difficult getting him could persuade Mitrovic that Roma could still come back in for him.
Since Newcastle have given the 20 year-old Serbian striker only 48 hours to either accept or turn down the Newcastle offer, that may lead to him saying no to Newcastle.
Roma’s pursuit of Dzeko may not be over, but it’s unlikely to be over in just two days – so Aleksandar could even turn down Newcastle hoping that Roma come in for him, and then Roma could still sign Dzeko – but that’s the chance he would be taking.
It would have been better news if Roma had just announced they had signed Dzeko, and that may have persuaded Mitrovic to accept Newcastle’s very good five year deal, which is on the table.
This is one reason the Mitrovic family have been playing for time, and Aleksandar has also claimed that Roma bid for him 10 days ago, although Porto would also be acceptable to the 20 year-old Serbian International.
This is what he said back on July 5th:
“I have received an offer from Roma. I still do not know if I will accept it because I have to decide together with my agent what the best solution is for my career. Soon, you will know my destination.
“Aside from the offer from Roma, there is strong interest from Benfica and Porto. Before all else, it will be important for me to feel good in the country and in the new team that I choose; then, playing time certainly matters.”
Certainly in Italy the sun always shines. I was fine in Belgium, but it’s time to go elsewhere and have different experiences. Roma? It is a strong team, a very good one. I know Rudi Garcia well, he is a great coach.”
We will know shortly if Newcastle United are acceptable to Mitrovic.