In the midst of the satisfaction of all three points at Blackburn on Monday night, it was palpable for everybody to see the delight on the other player´s faces when Edin Dzeko slotted home his 75th minute winner. Dzeko had failed to score in nine previous league games since his £27m move from Wolfsburg in January, but the 25-year-old striker has become an increasingly popular figure in the dressing room at Eastlands – hence the reaction of his teammates just three minutes after he came off the bench.
The Bosnian himself believes his City career will now take a turn for the better, yet he was not the only misfiring frontman to celebrate a return to form at the weekend. Chelsea´s £50m man Fernando Torres and Barcelona´s David Villa were also on the mark to end their own personal barren spells, and Dzeko told Sky Sports: “Torres
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As the Blues close in on a Champions League spot they may need Dzeko to rekindle the kind of form he showed in Germany, particularly since weekend reports suggesting Carlos Tevez has already agreed terms with Inter Milan for next season are to be believed. The Argentine international submitted a transfer request earlier this season, which was later withdrawn, but it is thought manager Roberto Mancini would be prepared to let his skipper go if the Italians come up with a suitable offer.
Tevez last week caused some dismay amongst City fans by opting to go to Italy for treatment on the hamstring injury currently keeping him out, rather than support his teammates in their 1-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United. He has also been told he must get at least one game under his belt if he is to have any chance of playing in the final against Stoke City. All of which has increased speculation concerning possible replacements, with Mancini ready to ask for Inter´s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder plus a cash adjustment in any Tevez deal.
Porto´s Brazilian striker Givanildo Vieira de Souza, otherwise known as ´Hulk`, is also being lined up for a £30m bid in the summer. The 24-year-old has been with the Portuguese champions since July, 2008 and has been in scintillating form this season with 22 goals in 25 league games, and the player´s agent has already made it known his client would be interested in a move to England. However, Harry Redknapp has also expressed an interest and City could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur.
What is certain is that if and when a Champions League berth is achieved then the transfer merry-go-round will go into overdrive in time for the 2011/12 season.