Manchester United’s pursuit of an experienced striker has led them to Italy as they look to add Edin Dzeko to their young attacking line.
The Red Devils were close to signing Mario Mandzukic in the summer but opted not to ultimately. It seems that the Coratian’s inactivity for Juventus has changed the minds at Old Trafford, as he is yet to feature in a match this season. This could conclusively rule out the £14 million move for the 33-year-old suggested back in August.
Meanwhile, the former Man City striker has already found the net 6 times in 15 appearances this season. Moreover, with over 100 league appearances and 50 goals, Dzeko has no shortage of Premier League experience.
However, the United boss had insisted earlier this month that any January signings that will be made would be with long-term solutions in mind, contradicting the whispers regarding the interest in the 33-year-old.
Nevertheless, as per ESPN, it is said that vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to show the greenlight to the transfer despite their recent reluctance from signing any players in their 30s.
It is believed that the import of the Bosnian would introduce the much needed maturity in the United attacking line, which is among the short-term benefits seen by the higher-ups.
One of the biggest issues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces is the selection of his front-three. With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford competing for a spot, aneither of them being disposable, one of them almost always ends up out of position. Clearly, that’s a problem for the long-term functionality of the attacking system.
With the introduction of an experienced striker, the gaffer might be hoping to add some harmony to a very disruptive front-three.
As of now, it seems like the interest is still in its early stages.
On the other hand, it is yet to be seen if AS Roma would be keen on the departure of a fan-favourite and reliable player. But with the striker not getting any younger, it could be their best course of action.