By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Roma have offered Edin Dzeko a contract as they make a strong push to prise the striker from Manchester City, Football Insider sources understand.
The Serie A club have tried to tempt the Bosnia international by offering him a lucrative five-year contract.
The 29-year-old has three years remaining on the £90,000-a-week deal he signed last August but is weighing up Roma’s offer after slipping down the pecking order at Etihad Stadium.
Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic has publicly denied that City are in talks with Roma about a deal involving his client.
However, Football Insider has learned that the Giallorossi’s interest is genuine and they are ready to follow up their contract offer by making formal enquiries for the striker.
This comes as doubts grow about the Roma future of striker Mattia Destro, who is attracting interest from Monaco and West Ham.
Dzeko, who has been shortlisted by Roma as a possible replacement for Destro, joined City from Wolfsburg in 2011 and is under contract with Manuel Pellegrini’s side for another three seasons.
The 29-year-old endured a difficult 2014-15 season, scoring just six goals in 32 matches for the club, of which just 11 were Premier League starts.