We don't normally report on transfer rumors on match days—we're usually holed up preparing for disaster to strike—but this one is so in tune with everything we've been discussing this season, it was hard to let it slide by. We're talking, of course, about Edin "Dead Eye” Dzeko, who is (or past tense if this is true) assembling one of the stranger Roma careers in recent memory.
We all know the backstory of the #DaretoDzeko transfer campaign so we won't rehash that, but suffice it to say, the early returns on Dzeko were disastrous, but he somehow managed to avoid persecution by winning the scoring title during the 2016-2017 season, and here we are in 2019 and he is arguably one of the finest strikers the club has ever had, cracking some 90 goals in all competitions since arriving in August of 2015.
But he's also in the midst of a horrific season, one in which he's only managed seven league goals, the last of which came in late February. He's also kind of a dick, or at least he seems like one. From on pitch spats with Cengiz Ünder to his supposed assault on Stephan El Shaarawy a few weeks ago, Dzeko doesn't, uh, seem well liked by his co-workers
According to Il Tempo, Dzeko and West Ham United have agreed to the basic outline of a new/extended contract, one that will essentially mirror his Roma deal but tack on an additional two years, keeping Dzeko gainfully employed beyond 2020 when his current Roma deal expires.
Following the line of reasoning in this rumor, Roma have set a €20 million asking price for the 33-year-old striker, five million more than they paid for him in the summer of 2015.
Now, if Roma ever considered paying €20 million for a 33-year-old striker, we'd all scream bloody murder, but the Hammers have the benefit of playing in "the best league in the world” so they presumably have cash to spare.
If I'm Ricky Massara, I wouldn't bat an eye at even €15 million—if you can break even on a player increasingly disliked and increasingly poor at his main job (scoring goals), you'd be a fool not to take that deal.
Now, getting rid of Dzeko and replacing Dzeko are two different things; for as few goals as he's scored this year, he's still the club's only nominal center forward and still does a fantastic job in buildup play, so he won't be so easily replaced in that regard, but if this rumor is true, Roma have to make this deal.
Whether they try and shift things around to make Patrik Schick a lone striker, use some sort of false-nine setup permanently, purchase Andrea Belotti or even bring back Ezequiel Ponce, Roma's Dzeko days need to be done.
Make this deal, Ricky. Please.