Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko says he will, reluctantly, be staying with the Bundesliga champions next season, rather than joining AC Milan. The Bosnian front-man's 26 league goals in 2008/09 - alongside strike-partner Grafite's 28 - helped fire the Wolves to their first ever German league crown under Felix Magath. And his lethal form alerted a string of English big-hitters including Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, while Milan were reported to have signed a pre-agreement with the striker, giving the Italians first option on the in-form front-man. Rossoneri chief Adriano Galliani recently revealed that the San Siro side remained hopeful of sealing a deal for one of Europe's hottest properties. However, the 23-year-old held talks with Wolfsburg officials over the weekend, who insisted that he would not be sold this summer. "I am staying at Wolfsburg," Dzeko told Sky Sport 24. "But I am not happy. I would like to join Milan, but I am tied to a contract and the club have decided not to release me." The news could now mean the San Siro giants make a move for Arsenal front-man Emmanuel Adebayor, after Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed that the Togolese striker was a target should they fail to land Dzeko. NEWS: Milan eye Adebayor if Dzeko bid fails NEWS: Dzeko keen to complete Milan deal NEWS: Gallaini hopeful of Dzeko signing NEWS: Wolfsburg reveal Dzeko back-up plan NEWS: Wolfsburg to discuss Dzeko future NEWS: Milan close in on Dzeko NEWS: Man City keen on Dzeko deal NEWS: Spurs join race for Arsenal target Dzeko NEWS: Chelsea join hunt for Dzeko VIDEO: Dzeko half-volley in Gols of the Week Talentspotter profile of Dzeko
28 June 2009
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