I wanted to hold off on too many transfer rumors until next week, but this one is getting too loud to ignore: some sources are reporting that Edin Dzeko has agreed to terms with FC Bayern to join the club this summer. This is reported by RotoWire in English, and by Sport1 in German.
It should be noted that, even if these reports are true, the fact that Dzeko and Bayern have agreed to terms doesn't mean it's a done deal: the club still needs to figure out a transfer price with Manchester City. Additionally, several other sources are reporting on Bayern's interest in Dzeko, but have not yet reported this "agreed to terms!" angle. So nothing is confirmed yet.Interesting stuff ... if true, it would appear there are three possibilities:
(1) Gomez and Dzeko would fight for the starting spot, with both getting plenty of minutes (sharing starts, or at least one getting plenty of action off the bench).
(2) Both would start most games, with the club moving back to a classic two-striker formation.
(3) Gomez is on the way out.
Whatever we think of Gomez after his struggles in the CL Final, I can't imagine (3) is the case. Option (2) worries me, though, because we'd have to take off someone else (Mueller???) to make room for Dzeko. I guess option (1) would be the best, but then you'd have to wonder whether Dzeko would be happy seeing so much of the bench - especially because that's pretty much the reason he's forcing his way out of City.
Anyway, nothing confirmed yet. We'll be tracking the story all week, so stay tuned. Personally, I always really liked Dzeko, and we know he can score in the Bundesliga. But this move would create as many questions as it would answer.
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UPDATE - Dzeko's agent, Irfan Redzepagic, has denied that any agreement is in place, but does not deny interest between the two sides. No way of knowing exactly how far along any discussions are, but Rotowire's story that an agreement is in place is (seemingly) not accurate. Hmm ...