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Real Madrid Mentioned As A Potential Candidate For Serie A Forward: Should Zidane Bring Him In?

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According to a recent report by Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma are hoping to cash in on Edin Dzeko during the summer transfer window so that they can ease their financial concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic with Real Madrid an outside contender to land the player in this off-season. The same source has also mentioned that Los Blancos are not happy with Luka Jovic following his underwhelming season at the Spanish capital so far and might be willing to replace him with Dzeko this summer.

Dzeko’s Remarkable Career In European Football

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international had enjoyed another impressive season in the Serie A before the football world came to an abrupt halt because of the COVID-19 outbreak. He has been a mainstay in Paulo Fonseca’s first-team and has done well as the focal point of Roma’s attack. Dzeko has registered 15 goals and nine assists in 32 matches for the Italian outfit this term across all competitions. His stats prove just how lethal he can still be in front of the opposition goal.

The 34-year-old has averaged 3.7 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.2 dribbles in every 90 minutes of league football this season which highlights his growing influence at the Italian capital (stats via whoscored). The ex-Wolfsburg forward can still be a menacing presence in the final third but unfortunately, father time is catching up with him as he is inching closer towards the end of his playing career.

Dzeko is considered a legend at Bosnia-Herzegovina and holds the record of scoring 58 goals in 107 appearances for his nation thus far. He will go down in history as one of his nation’s most decorated forwards based on his incredible career in international football.

AS Roma’s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between KAA Gent and AS Roma, on February 27, 2020, at the KAA Gent Stadium, in Gand, Belgium. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The Ex-Manchester City Forward Offer On The Field?

Dzeko has lost a yard of pace from his game due to old age, but that hasn’t stopped him from wreaking havoc inside the opposition penalty box. He can still cause a lot of problems for the opposition defenders through his remarkable strength and power to hold on to the ball and get into some promising areas in the final third. The veteran centre-forward has built a career based on his finishing instincts which can still make him a feared attacker in European football.

Dzeko is a composed goal-getter who can strike the ball with a lot of power and accuracy. He also scores his fair share of goals from headers, an attribute which Zinedine Zidane could look to exploit if he decides to give him a chance at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. At 34, the Sarajevo-born forward still has a lot to offer even though he is edging closer towards the end of his career.

Should The La Liga Giants Orchestrate A Move For Dzeko This Summer?

Maybe, Zidane can ease some of his goal-scoring worries by bringing Dzeko to Madrid for a couple of seasons. He will not only provide some healthy competition for Karim Benzema but also serve as a brilliant impact substitute off the bench. The AS Roma marksman’s aerial prowess makes him a potent goal-threat from set-pieces in the opposition half so he could still have a significant role to play when Los Blancos require a goal in the dying embers of a football match. Therefore, Zidane should consider making a move for Dzeko if he struggles to sign some of his primary targets in the summer window.

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