Dzeko most likely to move on

FanZone's Manchester City blogger Tom Wilkins believes Edin Dzeko is most likely to leave this summer, with John Guidetti waiting in the wings.

Last Updated: 05/03/13 at 11:17 Post Comment

Edin Dzeko: Likely to return to Germany this summer

Edin Dzeko: Likely to return to Germany this summer

On Monday evening City scraped past Aston Villa by a goal to nil - the second straight such result for the Blues at Villa Park.

While Joleon Lescott grabbed the winner the first time round, it was a much more familiar name on the scoresheet this week as Carlos Tevez proved the match-winner.

It has been a strange season for Tevez. His time in England has usually seen him firmly in the headlines, both for the right and wrong reasons.

In his first two seasons with the club Tevez proved unstoppable, knocking in 23 and 21 goals respectively, before his infamous yet title-winning third season.

This season Tevez has proved much quieter, actively playing his part in a forward rotation system which has not always paid dividends.

Tevez's future at Manchester City is far from clear. While usually proving to be a regular goalscorer and an undoubted hard worker, his desire to return to Argentina is well publicised and City might try to cash in on the player while they still have a chance.

Tevez has recently been linked to Fiorentina, although the Argentine might decide to stay at the club where he seems more settled than ever alongside his countrymen Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta.

Edin Dzeko selflessly provided the assist for Tevez on Monday night, and has been City's most effective goalscorer this season. Nonetheless, his form has been patchy throughout, proving most effective off the bench - a role he publicly dislikes. Despite scoring some important goals in his time at the club, in truth Dzeko has never really settled or indeed looked like a £27million striker. The Bosnian is the most likely to move on in the summer, with a return to the Bundesliga his favoured option.

The one striker who City need to keep hold of this summer is Aguero - without doubt the most talented forward at the club.

After a stunning debut season, Aguero's campaign has been hugely hindered by injury and the young Argentine has not had the opportunity to string a run of quality performances together. However, his quality is undisputed and City must do everything in their power to hold onto one of the leading lights in the Premier League, in the face of reported interest from Real Madrid.

Next season also promises to see the introduction of John Guidetti to the first-team squad. After a hugely successful loan spell at Feyenoord, the Swede has been plagued by injuries which have effectively ended this season already. The club recognises the importance of rehabilitating the player slowly but surely, and Guidetti will only be introduced at the right time.

Apparently much sought-after following his spell at Feyenoord, Guidetti instead pledged his future to City and the club will hope that he can have a similar impact here as he has managed in the Eredivisie. If this proves to be the case, he will seem like a new signing in his own right.

Whatever happens, City look like they will be active in the transfer market this summer, with big names being linked left, right and centre.

The two most obvious fits seem to be Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao - both of whom would surely flourish in the Premier League, and City fans should be delighted if either made the switch to the Etihad Stadium.

Other possibilities include long-time United target Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Brazilian wonderkid Neymar, although the last of these seems especially unlikely to arrive in Manchester.

After last year's disappointing summer, Roberto Mancini will look to strengthen and inject some much-needed fresh blood into the squad, but will want to keep his cards close to his chest as long as possible.

Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are undoubtedly already working hard on securing his targets and it promises to be another interesting window for City fans - both in and out.

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