Standing in stark contrast to his arrival in Roma, in which we covered every nuance of the transfer rumor cycle, Edin Dzeko's long-rumored move to Inter Milan has flown relatively under the radar: there were no clandestine sightings of Dzeko's agent snooping around Milan, no one took vacation photos of Dzeko using a black and blue beach towel, nothing. And apart from the initial price speculations, this rumor sort of existed in the background: we all knew it was coming, so no one was really splitting hairs.
While nothing has yet been made official, Gianluca Di Marzio passed along an update earlier today, one that seems to point towards this deal reaching its long assumed conclusion.
According to Di Marzio, Roma has come down from their initial asking price for Dzeko, A long way down. Like, a real long way. What was once a €20 to €30 million price tag has now been slashed to the bargain basement price of €10 million + a young attacking prospect from Inter's Primavera team. No, not that one. This one: 18-year-old Edoardo Vergani, a striker for Inter's youth setup.
Vergani, who has been with Inter since he was 13-years-old, made 17 appearances for Inter last year across four Primavera competitions, scoring two goals, both of which came in the Viareggio Cup. Not a terribly impressive tally, but he has a pretty stellar scoring record for Italy at the youth ranks, cracking 23 goals in 45 appearances and the youngest reaches of Italy's football pyramid.
I'll give him this much, he's got a great head of hair. Hopefully we can unearth some actual information on this kid soon, but if things go well he'll be competing with Zan Celar to be Roma's next number nine. As far as Dzeko is concerned, we'll have an official postmortem on his Roma career when the time comes.