Wenger will demand Dzeko if City move for Walcott.
Edin Dzeko looks to have become a shock target for Arsenal as they consider their options over the potential sale of Theo Walcott to Manchester City
Talks between the Gunners and Walcott over a new contract have stalled and, with three days of the transfer window to go, Liverpool and City are considering a move for the 23-year-old.
According to reports, Arsene Wenger could be keen on taking Dzeko if Walcott makes the opposite journey.
Wenger is a fan of the Bosnian striker and first identified him as a prospect several years ago.
Dzeko’s future at the Etihad Stadium has been uncertain after he revealed his frustration at being a bit-part player last season.
He found himself behind Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in the pecking order, and Bayern Munich, Juventus and AC Milan have all been linked to him this summer.
The Premier League champions could turn to Walcott after struggling to complete a move for Swansea’s Scott Sinclair.
With City struggling to conclude a deal for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, the Champions could make a shock move for Arsenal contract-rebel Theo Walcott.
City had a £6.7m bid for Sinclair rejected by Swansea on Wednesday but Walcott would cost considerably more – with the Gunners believed to be holding out for between £12m and £15m for the winger, who is reportedly reluctant to sign a new five-year deal at the Emirates.
While Walcott has been accused of inconsistency, losing him would still be a massive blow to the Gunners, particularly if Manchester City who have poached so many Arsenal players in recent seasons, were the recipients.
The Londoners have already lost Robin van Persie and Alex Song this summer and to sell a third key player may leave the squad needing a while to recover.
The damage of losing Walcott could be offset by the arrival of Edin Dzeko, if the two clubs can work out a complicated swap deal. Given that Walcott has just 12 months remaining on his deal at the Emirates and Dzeko has four years remaining on his at Eastlands, it likely that Arsenal would have to pay-up to secure the Bosnian.
Dzeko would make a great addition for Gunners. It is not often that a player scores 16 league goals (including a decisive equaliser in the title-securing win over QPR) in his first season in a new country and is made available for transfer the following summer.
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