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City must capitalize on Dzeko's value while he still has it.
Above all else, City should move Edin Dzeko now while he retains the luster of the season he just had, uneven though it was.
City can still peddle Dzeko as their leading scorer in Premier League play. They can point to the highlight-reel finishes against Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.
They can even run back the footage of that tying goal against Queens Park Rangers that set the stage for City's first league title in 44 years.
City can do all of these things with a straight face as long as their roster remains the way it is right now, i.e., with Dzeko as one of the featured strikers.
And in so doing, City can still command a solid (if not spectacular) price for Dzeko on the free market.
Imagine what will happen to Dzeko's value, though, if City signs Edinson Cavani tomorrow.
Why would any club pay full value for Dzeko at that point? Dzeko would enter the season—at best—third on the depth chart behind Cavani and Sergio Aguero.
Dzeko spent a lot of 2012-13 griping respectfully about his lack of playing time.
Those complaints could become far less diplomatic in the coming season if he is relegated to a series of cameo appearances as he is brought on in the 83rd minute with the cheers for Cavani and Aguero stinging his ears.
City should move Dzeko now. Before it is too late.