By Chris Harris
The depth of Manchester City's pockets mean Edin Dzeko is NOT a risky signing, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Premier League's richest club have agreed a fee - believed to be £27million - with Wolfsburg for the Bosnian striker as they look to reinforce their bid for the title.
Wenger believes that Dzeko's hefty price tag would represent a gamble for most of Europe's top teams, including his own. But the Frenchman knows that City can afford the 24-year-old - and a whole lot more.
"You look at the number of players who cost £20million who do not even get on the bench at Man City and £27million is not a risk," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
"It is a risk for me, not for them. The risk is linked - if you have £100 in your pocket and you put £90 on a blackjack table you take a risk. If you have £5million in your pocket and put £90 on a blackjack table it is not a risk.
"The risk is linked with the amount of money you have in your pocket, so £27m is not a risk for Man City."
Wenger does not have to worry about Dzeko right now - he will not be signed in time to face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. But the Frenchman sees similarities between City's next recruit and another Manchester-based striker.
"I see Dzeko a little bit like a [Dimitar] Berbatov type," said Wenger. "A guy who is technically astute and has physically good power.
"At the moments he appears, he is decisive. He chooses his moments. He is very strong in the air as well, that's one of his great qualities. He has similar fluency, comparable to Berbatov.
"[I was aware of him] while he was at Wolfsburg in his first season. I didn't know him before that. That shows you we have some improvement to make in our scouting to make!
"But he is a super player. He is at the very top, when he is at his game."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source