Edin Dzeko is the latest striker to be linked with a move to Manchester United. And predictably the reports have generated a very mixed response.

ESPN’s Mark Ogden reports United want to add a veteran striker on a short term deal to add depth up front.

United struggled badly when Anthony Martial was out injured earlier in the season and reinforcements are clearly needed.

Dzeko, 33, is an alternative to Mario Mandzukic, and there is benefit considering the Croatian has not played at all this season.

For Roma in 2019/20, Dzeko has scored six goals in 15 games, but he is out of form, with just one in his last 10 for club and country.

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City connection

In addition to being Bosnia’s all-time record scorer with more than 50 goals, Dzeko is proven in the Premier League.

In addition to the one Bundesliga title he won with Wolfsburg, Dzeko won the Premier League twice with Manchester City.

 

One of those, very painfully, was at our expense in 2011/12 as he scored City’s second goal against QPR which preceded Sergio Aguero’s fateful strike.

Yet despite Dzeko’s City connection, he was a fairly inoffensive player. It would be strange to see at first, but it would probably be City fans rather than United supporters who would be most emotionally annoyed to see him in Red.

The biggest problem with a move for Dzeko is that it feels like we should be aiming for better.

As a short term option, it would be passable, especially if we spent big on a winger or creative midfielder in January and then invested in a younger striker in the summer.

A cheap deal, potentially involving United paying nothing, could be done considering Roma want to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent basis, [The Guardian].

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Split reaction

Here is a look at how supporters reacted to the Dzeko reports…

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