Beşiktaş eyeing a possible move for Edin Džeko

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Updated: June 14, 2016

While EURO 2016 is now fully underway, Beşiktaş are working hard behind the scenes to put together a Champions League worthy squad for the upcoming 2016/17 season.

With Mario Gómez yet to make a final decision on his future after the European Championship in France, Beşiktaş are preemptively looking at potential alternatives for the 2015/16 Süper Lig top goalscorer.

Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato yesterday reported that Beşiktaş have therefore set their sights on Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Džeko of AS Roma. Džeko spent the past season in the Italian capital on loan from Manchester City, but due to certain contractual clauses in the loan deal, which had already set Roma back €4 million, the move became permanent for €11 million after several performance related criteria were met. Tutto Mercato claim that Beşiktaş executive Erdal Torunoğulları has already been in Italy to hold transfer talks for both Džeko and Juventus’ Mauricio Isla.

However Džeko’s season was all but a huge success, scoring just 10 times in 39 appearances for the Giallorossi. Roma are looking to offload him again after just one season and he seems like the perfect match for the Black Eagles should Mario Gómez not extend his stay near the Bosphorus.

Beşiktaş have proven to be a favourable environment for a reputable striker to relaunch his career, with Mario Gómez having been in a similar situation as Edin Džeko is right now. With his 28 goals this past season for the Black Eagles, Gómez earned a place on the German national team once again and reestablished himself as one of Europe’s top strikers. Could Džeko follow in his footsteps were Gómez to leave?

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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