Jose Mourinho has made Edin Dzeko his No.1 transfer target at Chelsea – and has a plan to get him there.
The new Chelsea boss has wasted no time in identifying the main striker he wants as he begins his second reign at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City won’t want to sell to title rivals, but Mourinho has plotted a tactic to persuade them.
City – like Chelsea – are keen on Napoli’s £60m-rated Edinson Cavani.
And any move for Dzeko could be smoothed through by the Londoners stepping aside in the race for the Uruguayan.
Dzeko, despite an up-and-down career at the Etihad, is the type of tall, strong and skilful target man that Mourinho always has in his squads, most notably with Didier Drogba in his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
The 27-year-old Bosnian joined City in January 2011 for £27m from German side Wolfsburg, where he was their top league scorer ever, with 66 goals in 111 matches.
City are believed to want £20m to sell the striker abroad this summer, with Borussia Dortmund linked with a move.
But if Chelsea are the buyers, rather than a return to Germany, the fee looks sure to rise.
Dzeko remains a popular figure at City but a sale of him to the Blues looks unlikely to cause the same uproar as Arsenal’s Robin van Persie’s departure to Manchester United did a year ago.