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City flex financial muscles and sign Wolfsburg’s Dzeko

REUTERS, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Manchester City signed Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko from VfL Wolfsburg on Friday as the world’s richest club once again flexed their financial muscles to boost an assault on the Premier League title.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal, City said, without disclosing the transfer fee, although British media reported it was in the region of £30 million (US$46 million).

Dzeko’s prolific scoring record in the Bundesliga has made him one of Europe’s most sought-after players. He finished top of the German league’s scoring charts last season with 22 goals and has 10 to his name this season playing for a mid-table team.

“It has been a long time that I have been linked with the club going back to last summer, but Wolfsburg did not want to sell me until today,” Dzeko told City’s Web site.

City have already invested heavily in strike partners for Argentina’s Carlos Tevez, but the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz have failed to establish themselves.

Dzeko said he was looking forward to teaming up with individuals like Tevez, who he has only seen on television, and Jerome Boateng and Vincent Kompany, both of whom he played against in the Bundesliga.

“Everyone expects goals and I want to score them, but most of all I want to contribute to a successful team,” he said.

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