Man City transfers: Dzeko would thrive in Italy, insists Mancini

Man City transfers: Former Citizens manager Roberto Mancini says Edin Dzeko would thrive in Serie A

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Edin Dzeko (left) signed for Manchester City in January 2011 Photo: kelvingillmor.com

Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko would score “20 to 30 goals a season” in Serie A.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has been linked with a move to Napoli as part of a deal that would see Edinson Cavani join the Eastlands outfit.

The Serie A runners-up have reportedly rejected a cash plus player offer for their star striker, but Mancini reckons the Naples outfit should reconsider.

“Dzeko is a great striker and he could score 20 to 30 goals a season in Italy. I’m sure of that,” Mancini is quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News.

Dzeko has been limited to a bit-part role since joining the Citizens from Wolfsburg in 2011 and the striker only started 16 Premier League games last season.

But in May, the 27-year-old was remaining coy on his long-term future at City, who appointed Manuel Pellegrini as Mancini’s successor last Friday.

“We will see. Everything is open,” Dzeko said last month.

“Everyone is hoping, everyone wants to play. I don’t know. I don’t think about that but I think that’s not important. It’s important to win it. It means a lot to the club, to the fans, to us players, to everyone.

“That’s my job to score goals, if I come on after 60 minutes or if I start.”

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