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Football Transfer Rumours: Bayern to Swap Robben for Manchester City's Dzeko?

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04:   Dickson Etuhu of Fulham tussles for posession with Edin Dzeko of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on February 4, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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John McGonigalCorrespondent IIJune 26, 2012

Heading into the summer transfer window, Bayern Munich has been looking to add another striker to challenge goal-monster Mario Gomez next season.

That new member could be frustrated Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

The 26-year-old Dzeko performed spectacularly for fellow German squad VfL Wolfsburg from 2007-11 and cost Man City a pretty penny to bring him to Etihad two years ago.

However, the emergence of Sergio Aguero and other factors saw to it that the physical striker lost significant first-team playing time.

After being urged to leave City by his international coach Safet Susic, Dzeko’s name has been out there in the rumor mill and Bayern Munich has produced interest.

However, it is being speculated that the second-place finisher in the Bundesliga isn’t willing to pay for Dzeko’s premium wages.

Because of the money issue, it’s rumored that Bayern has switched its attention to Croatian striker and Euro 2012 superstar Mario Manzukic.

After scoring three goals for his country in Euro 2012, the current Wolfsburg goal scorer would be a solid fit for the right price.

Despite this, the Daily Star has suggested that Man City could offer Dzeko to Bayern in exchange for Arjen Robben.

Robben, a proven and creative Dutch winger, has earned a reputation for sending in beautiful crosses and making opposing defenses look silly in Bavaria.

While he’s had his successes, Robben didn’t have the greatest time in Bayern this season, which was capped off by fans booing him for his shoddy performance in the Champions League final against Chelsea.

While Robben recently inked a new deal with Bayern, don’t be surprised if the club considers the swap for two particular reasons:

1. They would only have to pay the minimal fee for Dzeko.

2. Bayern is intrigued by newly-signed Xherdan Shaqiri, a 20-year-old Swiss star that Bayern has always liked.

Depending on their confidence in Shaqiri, Bayern could pull the trigger on a swap.

Only time will tell if their decision (or lack thereof) will prove to be successful. 

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