Inter Milan were close to signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko last year but the Italians’ failure to earn Champions League football meant the move broke down. The Bosnian hitman held talks with then manager Andrea Stramaccioni over a potential summer move but Inter ended up finishing in 9th place, outside the European places for the first time in 15 seasons which cost the Italian boss his job. As a result of this, Dzeko lost interest in a move to Inter and remained fighting for a first team place at Man City.“The City striker was close to the Nerazzurri a year ago, Stramaccioni spoke on the phone with him and said that he (Dzeko) had not said no, but dependant on his move to Milan was the Champions League,” said Italian reporter Andrea Paventi on SkySport24. Dzeko joined City from German club Wolfsburg in January 2011 for a fee of 27million where he has gone on to score 38 Premier League goals.