Juventus are ready to do battle with Manchester City for the signature of Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
Dzeko, the leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season, is one of Europe’s most in-demand players.
City are known to be keen admirers of the Bosnia international and were reported to be negotiating to sign Dzeko before his £33million release clause became redundant. It is believed that Wolfsburg are now looking for as much as £50 million for the striker.
It is reported that Juve are willing to offer former Bundesliga Player of the Year Diego in part exchange and the club’s general director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Wolfsburg might be interested in a swap deal.
“Dzeko? It’s the dream that I’m working on,” Marotta told Tuttosport. “He is one of the best strikers in the world and clearly he is an object of our desire.
“It’s true that we are negotiating and I have spoken to them [Wolfsburg] but they are asking for a lot and we are trying to follow the cheaper option. They like some of our players but we know that what you buy is not always better than what you sell.”
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg insist they do not want to part with the player. Managing director Dieter Hoeness told Spox: “There has been no offer and we have no interest in selling Edin Dzeko.”