Roberto Mancini hopes to use Etihad Stadium forward to land Allianz Arena winger.
MANCHESTER CITY are thought to be targeting Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben as part of a deal that will see striker Edin Dzeko return to Germany.
Bosnian international Dzeko has been heavily linked to the Champions League finalists after a frustrating season on the bench at City.
And although the Premier League champions were originally keen on a straight cash transaction for the 26-year-old, it is now being reported that boss Roberto Mancini is eyeing Robben in part-exchange.
German newspaper Bild suggests that Bayern would be open to such a move as it would mean they would only have to pay a minimal fee for Dzeko, rather than the £32million that had been quoted to them.
And the Bundesliga giants consider new-signing Xherdan Shaqiri as an exciting replacement should they lose Robben.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Could this deal suit all parties?
Edin Dzeko, who proved a massive hit in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, is keen to leave the Etihad Stadium having seen his first team chances fritter away despite netting 14 goals in 16 Premier League starts last term. A move to Bayern Munich would surely interest the Bosnian and the Allianz Arena side could well do with an effective alternative to Mario Gomez or perhaps a strike partner for the German international.
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben became public enemy number one after missing THAT spot-kick in extra-time against his former club and the Dutch international was also guilty of a hugely important penalty miss in the crunch tie against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund towards the end of the campaign.
That said, the 28 year old has enjoyed a hugely successful spell at the Bavarian club where he has proven a consistent performer, regular goal-scorer and a key part of the club’s attacking momentum. Robben has racked up a hugely impressive 55 goals in 90 appearances for Bayern Munich and secured a domestic double in his first season at the club.
Mancini may well feel he could do with another direct winger in his armoury. Adam Johnson may well be on his way out having failed to impress the Italian and perhaps the Man City boss wants a more attack minded wide-man who can beat a player and provide regular goal-scoring support, two traits James Milner is not famous for.