ROMA have reportedly put star striker Edin Dzeko up for sale for just £14million.
Juventus and Inter Milan are poised to fight it out for the 34-year-old Bosnian, who scored 19 goals for his club last season.
Calcio Mercato reports that Roma have taken the decision to save on their captain’s £7m salary per season.
And they have already lined up a replacement in Napoli hitman or Arkadiusz Milik – but he could cost as much as £35m.
But they could raise the funds for that raid by also flogging Jordan Veretout, with Inter Milan also holding an interest in the midfielder.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused carnage across most of Europe with clubs playing catch-up on finances.
Roma announced in April that their players and management agreed to give up four months’ wages during the crisis.
Roma CEO Guido Fienga said: “We always talk about unity at Roma and in volunteering to cut their salaries for the rest of the season, the players, the coach, and his staff, have all proved that we really are in this together.
“[Club captain] Edin Dzeko, all the players and Paulo [Fonseca, manager] have demonstrated they understand what this club stands for.
“And we also thank them all for their superb gesture towards the employees at this club.”
SunSport has previously reported how former Manchester City star Dzeko rejected a move to Everton from Roma – because of the “pouring rain”.
Dzeko was asked about a move to the Toffees last summer – who were keen to add some much-needed firepower.
But commentator Ian Darke has revealed when colleague Owen Hargreaves asked Dzeko whether he’d be keen, the Bosnian snapped at him, saying he’d never swap sun-kissed Rome for drizzly Merseyside.
Speaking about why some players opt to play in Spain or Italy over England, Darke revealed: “I do think climate comes into…
“I’ll tell you a story here. We were out covering a Roma game in the Champions League.
“And Owen Hargreaves, who was the co-commentator with me, got to speak to Edin Dzeko, who played for Roma.
“After the game, [Hargreaves] said, ‘Everton are interested in you, you know’.
“And he said, ‘What do you think I’m going to decide? I can stay in Rome or go to the pouring rain of Merseyside to play for Everton?
“‘Please don’t ask me that one again’.”