It has been reported that Edin Dzeko is close to signing a new contract with Inter Milan. This comes amidst reports that Tottenham are interested in signing the striker, who is now 36 years old, in January.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are close to reaching a final agreement with Dzeko to extend his stay at the San Siro club. The attacker is scheduled to sign a new 18-month contract in January, which will keep the forward committed to Inter until 2024.
Dzeko’s current deal, which reportedly pays him £100,000 per week, was set to run out in the summer of next year. However, the veteran attacker will now remain in Italy for one extra year as the Bosnian superstar continues to defy all expectations during his time in Serie A.
This season, the striker has been in outstanding form for Inter, outscoring both Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez combined in terms of goals scored. And as a result, CalcioMercatoWeb reported that Antonio Conte was interested in signing Dzeko as a backup for Harry Kane as well as a potential replacement for the England international.
However, as we now know, a return to the Premier League will not be happening for Dzeko at this stage of his career. The striker is set to sign what could be the final contract of his illustrious career with Inter, which means that Tottenham must now return to the drawing board in their search for a new striking target.
Given the forward’s advanced age and his history of ties to Manchester City, Dzeko’s signing would have been met with opposition regardless of the circumstances. And for Conte, the attacker signing a new deal will give the Italian an excuse to look for a more suitable option in January.
The fact that Dzeko signed a new contract with Inter is a blessing in disguise.
Despite the fact that Dzeko is an older forward, the forward has had an impressive record this season. However, the fact that the attacker renewed his contract with Inter could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Tottenham, as it will give Antonio Conte and the rest of his transfer team the opportunity to look for a player who is a better fit for Spurs’ long-term needs.
After all, a backup for Kane who is younger than the England captain might be for the best in the long-term rather than Tottenham going all-out for a striker who is well into the twilight of their career, with Dzeko being a player who might have been an unsuitable fit for Spurs in hindsight. Moreover, Spurs could have avoided going all-out for a striker who is well into the twilight of their career by signing a backup