Galatasaray have finally withdrawn from the fight to hijack Paris Saint Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been previously linked with both premier league clubs Manchester United and Arsenal.
The 34-year-old Sweden international, now PSG’s all-time leading goal scorer, will see his is contract end in the summer and is reported to be looking for a new exciting challenge.
Arsenal and United were also lined up for the Swedish star to bring him to England, as Major League Soccer also is a potential destination for the 34-year-old veteran striker.
In the meantime, Galatasaray became a highly interested buyer to hijack him as previously luring star players like Wesley Sneijder, Didier Drogba to Istanbul.
But now Galatasaray president Dursun Özbek has mysteriously ruled out the possibility of signing Ibrahimovic – which could make the way for two interested Premier League clubs to place a bid.
Ozbek told: “For God’s sake who keeps coming up with these rumours? We have said countless times this is not going to happen.”
Reports in France claimed earlier, the Sweden international is likely to join Beckham’s future MLS franchise in Miami after his current contract with PSG ends at the end of this campaign.
Ibrahimovic, who is playing for PSG since 2012 helping the club to win three back to back Ligue 1 titles, has also revealed his interest in MLS.
‘I would like to play in US, absolutely,’ Ibrahimovic told Yahoo Sports earlier this summer. ‘I think it would be an amazing experience.’
‘I see that soccer is growing a lot in US I mean, I was here 10 years ago [and] soccer was not on the level that it is today, but it’s growing. I would like to play,’ he added. ‘Which team? Am I allowed to say that? No, I cannot say that.’
The former Barcelona superstar has been with the French champions for four seasons and now his agent, Mino Raiola, has thrown a clear statement about the demand Ibra now has in transfer market.
“I know that there are 30 clubs telling me that, If he wants to sign for us, we’d be very happy’,” Raiola told in a recent interview to French radio station RMC. “He’s better than anybody; better than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
“That’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it. I don’t know anybody who is six foot four and a half with the skills of Messi and the strength of Ronaldo. And he has proven that with every club he’s played at. I believe he is as a good as he has ever been.”