Manchester City close in on Edin Dzeko as £30m striker is primed for debut at Arsenal

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Edin to England: Dzeko is set to quit Wolfsburg

Edin Dzeko faces the prospect of a mouthwatering debut against Arsenal as Manchester City close in on a £30million deal for the Wolfsburg striker.

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that City were in advanced talks over the fine details of the transfer - and his move is expected to be wrapped up early next week.

The agreement will come with performance-related add-ons and would rise, for example, if Dzeko leads City to the Barclays Premier League title this season.

Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini believes the Bosnia and Herzegovina hot shot could be the difference between glory and failure in a tight title race this season and has pursued the 24-year-old since the summer.

Despite interest from Juventus and Real Madrid, City's superior spending power seems to have won out again.

He will join captain Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli in an impressive arsenal at Eastlands and his arrival should hasten the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz.

The new year's day fixture against Blackpool will come too soon for Dzeko to make his bow, but he could be pencilled in for the trip to high-flying Arsenal on Wednesday week.

Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko scores against Cottbus but finished on the losing side

Best foot forward: Wolfsburg striker Dzeko scores against Cottbus but finished on the losing side

The Gunners were one of the first English teams to pursue interest in Dzeko 18 months ago, but it is a measure of City's growth that Arsene Wenger would no longer even consider entering a bidding war for him.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

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Wolfsburg have relented from a position of trying to scare off suitors with a high price tag and conceded Dzeko wants to leave. Sportsmail revealed before Christmas that the 6ft 3in centre forward took the extraordinary step of writing to City confirming his interest back in August.

Under pressure Wolfsburg coach Steve McClaren admitted last week he could not guarantee his star striker would stay beyond the winter transfer window and has already lined up Kaiserslautern's Srdjan Lakic and Twente's Bryan Ruiz as potential replacements.

Wolfsburg general manager Dieter Hoeness did not deny talks but indicated he would not discuss details until an agreement was firmly in place.

'There is a transfer window approaching, players will be able to change clubs during the course of January,' he said.

'As usual, there will be a lot of rumours and speculation every single day. VfL Wolfsburg is not prepared to add anything to this, nor will we be out to value any rumour.

'Edin Dzeko is a VfL Wolfsburg player, Edin Dzeko has a contract with our club.'

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