Manchester City have said that the reports linking Edin Dzeko with a move to Italian club AC Milan are untrue. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club after failing to secure a first-team spot under Roberto Mancini last season.

The arrival of Argentine forward Sergio Aguero has limited opportunities for the Montenegrin forward, who scored a lot of goals at the start of last season. However, his former coupled with the changes to the tactics and style of the team meant that he was unable to get in the first team action in the latter part of the campaign. Even though he won the title with the club last season, he is thought to be looking to move to a club where he will get regular football.

AC Milan recently lost their talismanic striker in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, they almost secured a £ 20 million transfer fee for the 30-year-old, which will now be reinvested in a new striker. The AC Milan chief executive Galliani has said in recent weeks that he expects a new champion to arrive to replace Ibrahimovic. Reports have suggested that it could be Edin Dzeko, but Manchester City have told out the possibility of selling the player.

"The club have no knowledge of the so called spokesman Mr Susic, nor has it given a mandate to any third party to discuss the transfer of Edin Dzeko, who remains a Manchester City player," said a statement on the official website of the club. The striker came to the Etihad stadium for around £ 25 million, but he has been linked with a £ 20 million move to either AC Milan or Bayern Munich in the summer. His departure could free up the funds for signing Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.