The Bosnian player would like to move to Inter but Roma would be willing to let him go only for the right price. This chess game could still be very long.
Negotiations should develop over a limited period of time but sometimes they seem to be endless. In the past few months, we have talked about Dzeko‘s possible departure from the Italian capital but nowadays this deal is still on hold. The Giallorossi have coped with the financial fair play rules by trading Kostas Manolas out to Napoli. Therefore, the club of Trigoria doesn’t need to make extra profits right now.
The main issue, though, is the impact of the Bosnia international on the Roma accounts. No one can discuss the absolute value of the player, but Dzeko is a 33-year-old striker and his departure may be the best choice for the Lupi and for the player as well.
Reportedly, the Giallorossi are asking for €20 million but Inter would be willing to offer no more than €10m. In financial terms, this is a huge difference. In Antonio Conte‘s press conference today, Inter’s CEO Marotta stated: “There is a chess game in which the seller tries to be more skilled than the buyer. I do not deny that he [Dzeko] can be an objective, but everything must be evaluated. We are in an interlocutory phase.”
Roma-Dzeko-Inter: A Chess Game to Win
As the Roma sporting director Petrachi stated in his first press conference at Trigoria, if Dzeko will leave the club of the eternal city, the Lupi will pursue another striker. The Italian professional also believes Roma would be the perfect team for Gonzalo Higuain.
Edin Dzeko seems to be willing to start a new professional adventure and Roma may be happy to let him go for the right price. The Bosnian star is the highest paid player of Roma’s roster (about €4.5 million per season). His contract is set to expire on June 30, 2020, and this may be the best moment for the Lupi to trade him out.
By doing so, the Giallorossi should also save on his gross salary (about €8.3m) going ahead with their cost reduction strategy and giving Petrachi more financial availability on the current transfer market.