Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted the club needs to “think about” the rumour linking Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko with the Champions League finalists.
Dortmund are facing a summer of transition with leading striker Robert Lewandowski expected to join fellow attacker Mario Gotze in leaving the club.
Gotze has already confirmed a €37 million move to German rivals Bayern Munich while Lewandowski suitors are queuing up for the chance to seal the 24-year-old’s signature.
But with a spot or two opening in Dortmund’s frontline, big names – including Dzeko’s – have been linked with the former Bundesliga champions.
And despite Dzeko’s large wages, Klopp recognises the club needs to evaluate all options.
"I do not know anything of a meeting with Dzeko," he told Sky. "But if you think about what will happen to us in the next few years, we have to think about him.
"But judging by information we have, the wages he is content with technically do not fit ours, as we will not bend. We do not throw about peanuts.
"Still, we will leave all doors open."