Friday August 24 2012
Dzeko is Juventus’ top player

Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko has risen to the top of Juventus’ transfer wish-list as their search for a striker continues.

The Old Lady have spent all summer looking for a ‘top player’ in attack after seeing numerous targets disappear from their grasp.

Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United, while Fiorentina’s30m asking price for Stevan Jovetic was considered as too steep.

Atheltic Bilbao ace Fernando Llorente has been associated in recent weeks, but his club’s €36m valuation is also beyond La Signora’s reach.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Dzeko – who was targeted by Juve before he joined City in January 2011 – is again on their radar.

Director general Beppe Marotta is said to be ready to offer €20m for the Bosnian who could be tempted by regular first team football in Turin.

Talks are apparently underway with his agent and City. Only should the Dzeko deal collapse will the champions make a fresh bid for Llorente.