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Time To Play Tough Over Dzeko And Milner

According to The Guardian, City may be ready to pull the plug on a potential deal for Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko due to the huge transfer fee.

Edin Dzeko VFL Wolfsburg 2009/10 Manchester United V VFL Wolfsburg (2-1) 30/09/09 UEFA Champions League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International


Wolfsburg are demanding a fee of around £45m for the striker but City are adamant they will not pay over the odds for players and may now back out of the running. It will be disappointing for Bobby Mancini, who was looking for a new striker to partner last season’s top scorer Carlos Tevez.

The same could also apply to Aston Villa’s James Milner. The Midlanders have already rejected a bid of around £20m for the England midfielder and are holding out for an improved offer in the region of £30m.

James Milner England 2009/10 England V Mexico (3-1) 24/05/09 International Friendly Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom


But, while it will mean the blues will miss out on the two stars, it does leave Wolfsburg and Villa with the threat of having two unhappy players in their ranks. Dzeko has already allegedly pleaded with the German side to lower their asking price and is desperate for a move to a club in European competition while rumours have been rife that Milner has delayed buying a new home in the Midlands until his future has been sorted.

Such unrest in the squads may eventually force the two clubs to reach a compromise with the blues and it is time City took a hard stance and show that they are not willing to be held to ransom just because they have money in the bank.

The blues have already strengthened their squad by adding German defender Jerome Boateng and Kolo Toure’s brother Yaya to their squad and have also reached an agreement to sign David Silva from Valencia.

What do you think? Should City end their pursuit of both players or are they worth their asking price?



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