While some of us spent the morning debating the merits of Roma's single minded pursuit of a striker, Roma's #DareToDzeko campaign took a surprisingly proactive twist this evening. With Manchester City set to fork over £49 million for Raheem Sterling, the Citizens are suddenly in need of a positive credit on their bank ledger, a twist of accounting upon which Roma is ready to bounce.
Looking like a middle aged dad at his kid's little league game, Walter Sabatini was seen in the Munich airport boarding a plane bound for Manchester, where he will presumably begin, and possibly conclude, negotiations for Edin Dzeko.
Walter Sabatini has boarded a plane in Munich bound for Manchester. Baba and Edin Dzeko are the targets. pic.twitter.com/WfUhaTGkEQ
— Roma Press (@ASRomaPress) July 12, 2015
All the usual outlets are reporting that the deal is all but done, however Football Italia takes it a step further and puts a price on the transaction. According to them, Sabatini has forced City's hand, talking them down from their initial €20m valuation to a mere €15m, or what we call a ‘Doumbia Dollar'. They continue to report what we speculated on earlier this month, that Dzeko and Roma have already agreed to a five-year €4.5 per year pact, which would still make the Bosnian Batistuta the club's second highest wage earner, so don't shed a tear for his supposed pay cut.
Updates to follow, of course, but at €15m and with no Nutella make weight, this deal is a lot more palatable.