Although the departure of the striker from the Italian capital is probable, Dzeko could still be the best option for Roma.
It is never easy to rationalize football by talking about sports and financial aspects at the same time. But if we want to understand something more about what is happening in the current transfer window, we should analyze the Roma-Dzeko-Inter saga without making the emotional factor prevail.
Although the Bosnian striker seems to be pushing to join the Nerazzurri, Gianluca Petrachi is reportedly unwilling to reduce his price-tag. €20 million are necessary to sit down and make this deal official.
But Dzeko’s stay at Roma may be the best choice for the club of Trigoria and for the player as well:
- By keeping the Bosnia international, the Giallorossi are not really losing money. They would not make profits by trading him out this summer but financially speaking, in June 2020 Dzeko would be completely amortized;
- If Edin Dzeko stays, Petrachi would have the necessary financial availability to purchase a top-level defender. As Fonseca stated, a new center-back is a priority;
- Dzeko is already training at Trigoria and knows Fonseca’s tactical credo. The offensive approach of the Portuguese could be highly beneficial for his future ambitions as well. If he will be able to score many goals, the Lupi could celebrate their return to the Champions League and he may start another great professional experience somewhere else;
- Reportedly, Roma is chasing Higuain and Icardi but both of them seem to be unwilling to move to the eternal city. Petrachi wants only players 100% committed to the club and the two Argentine strikers do not seem to be the right targets.
- By keeping Dzeko, Roma could have 12 more months to finalize the acquisition of a great striker able to drag the club towards future successes. The eventual participation in the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League would help Petrachi in this task.
It will not be easy to keep him on board though. In financial terms, his departure would make sense. But although there are several players on the market, only a few of them could replace the Bosnian champion.