But this did not quite fit with what we knew. We had heard that City were keen on Džeko, but that we were relaxed about letting the clause expire so that we could freely negotiate a see with his club. We would not have done this were we not sufficiently confident of striking a deal. That is, if we were not sure that Džeko wanted to come to City, we would not have put ourselves in a position where the club had the chance to say no. Surely there was something else to this, another card in our hand?
"The conditions have not been met.
"We are very pleased that the period of uncertainty is over. He is a player of huge quality who would have been very difficult for us to replace."
So it is a relief but not surprise to read that deal is still alive. A Daily Mail exclusive on Wednesday says this:
Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren will be disappointed with Dzeko's departure but will have a decent transfer kitty to launch his assault on the transfer market.
General manager Dieter Hoeness had earlier expressed delight that Dzeko was staying.
However, City's money in the end looks to have persuaded Wolfsburg it was too good an opportunity to turn down, regardless of timing.