JANUARY 7, 2011: Edin Dzeko joins Manchester City from Wolfsburg for £27M
After four seasons in the Bundesliga (66 goals in 111 games) and major clubs like Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid on his trail, the 24-year-old striker finally joined the Premier League and Manchester City on a four-and-a-half year deal.
Many had expected the Bosnia striker to leave the Volkswagen Arena in the summer of 2010, after his 22 goals goals had helped Wolfsburg to win the Bundesliga title.
But the newly crowned German champions refused to sell, that is until City made them an offer they could not refuse in the January Transfer Window.
Dzeko, who became City boss Roberto Mancini's ninth signing since replacing Mark Hughes the previous year, said: “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. I was always attracted most to joining City and I am pleased to be at such a good club with such a big ambition as Manchester City. They were my first choice and only choice.”
He made his debut for the club against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 15 and his first City goal was a late equaliser in a 1-1 deraw at Notts County in the FA Cup fourth round on Janaury 30.
The first Premier League goal of Dzeko's career did not arrive until April 25, 2011, but it gave City a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
The goals came thick and fast at the start of his first full season at the Etihad Stadium, including four in a 5-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on August 28, 2011 and two Manchester derby goals in a minute at Old Trafford as Manchester United were beaten 6-1.
Those goals alone would have been enough for Dzeko to go down in folklore with City fans, but then he also struck the 90th-minute leveller on the final day of the season against QPR which paved the way for Sergio Aguero to make it 3-2 and clinch the Premier League title with the last kick of the season.
Despite scoring 72 goals in 187 appearances for City, the Bosnian forward moved to AS Roma in August 2015, on a €4million loan with an €11million option to buy, which the Serie A side triggered in the summer of 2016.