Striker Edin Dzeko is close to penning a new contract at Inter, after proving to be a hugely popular and influential figure at the club.

As reported in today’s newspaper edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the veteran attacker is considered an important part of the Nerazzurri squad despite approaching his 37th birthday, and coach Simone Inzaghi has been impressed with his ability to fill in for the injured Romelu Lukaku this season.

Dzeko’s professionalism and team spirit have endeared him to teammates and staff, with the former Roma striker considered a core member of the group, and so Inter are reluctant to see him leave when his contract expires in June.

The Bosnia international currently earns €5 million per season but any renewal is likely to see his wages reduced, although this may be countered by the offer of a one-year deal that includes an option for a second term.

Similarly, Dzeko himself is keen to remain at the Nerazzurri after settling in to life in Milan, and negotiations over an extension are likely to take place during the World Cup break later this month.