Inter doubt Dzeko deal

  • By: Simone Bargellini
  • Last Updated: May 26 2014, 13:40 BST

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir remains keen on Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, but fears he may be out of his price range.

Edin Dzeko: Still part of Manchester City's plans
Edin Dzeko: Still part of Manchester City's plans

Inter have been heavily linked with Dzeko for some time, with the Bosnia international not always guaranteed a starting berth at City.

He was, however, a key figure for the Premier League side as they swept to title glory with a late surge in 2013/14.

Were City to consider a sale, they would need to see a sizeable bid put on the table.

Thohir admits Inter do not have the funds required to push through deals for 'top players' and that they must look to follow the lead of those clubs who have built steadily through prudent transfer dealings.

He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I like players like (Sergio) Busquets, Luiz Gustavo and Dzeko, but today we cannot afford top players. I hope we can tomorrow.

"The first reinforcement we need is a strong defensive midfielder, someone like (Edgar) Davids or (Gennaro) Gattuso.

"Financial Fair Play? Personally, I prefer the American model with the salary cap and luxury tax.

"I understand City's and PSG's projects, but I prefer the model of Roma, Liverpool and Arsenal."