Chelsea to battle for Manchester United, Arsenal target
Chelsea are reportedly placing a bid for PSG striker Ibrahimovic in January. Manchester United and Arsenal are already in the race to sign the 34-year-old striker.
Ibrahimovic and Mourinho only worked with each other for a single year at Inter Milan, but it was enough for Zlatan to become a huge fan of the Portuguese manager. And now there is a chance both of them could be reunited at Stamford Bridge, as a report from ESPN Deportes claims Chelsea want to sign the ten-times Sweden’s footballer of the year on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of these season. Apparently Manchester United are also targeting the prolific striker.
According to the report, Ibrahimovic and his agent Mino Raiola travelled to Qatar July to meet PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and discuss the veteran striker’s contractual situation. Zlatan was looking for either a two-year contract extension or an early break of the current deal so he could make a move away from Paris. However, they only managed to get a wage adjustment to account for the changes in France tax code, which also eventually cut short Ibrahimovic’s purchasing power.
AC Milan are also interested in signing the PSG striker as the Italian club’s current manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is hoping for the Sweden international’s return to San Siro, but they already know Chelsea are way ahead in the race. It is also suggested that Premier League would be Ibra’s last step ahead of his retirement or a move to Major League Soccer. The striker has hinted earlier that he could end his career in the United States.
Bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer isn’t really a bad idea but it also means he wouldn’t have a reunion with Mourinho in this season, unless Chelsea reaches an agreement with Ligue 1 outfit over a reasonable transfer fee for the player who has only six months left on his current contract, which not likely to happen. There is another issue, how much of a pay-cut Ibrahimovic would accept for a move to Chelsea as he is earning 14 million Euros in net wages per year at PSG.
But even though he is 34-year-old, Ibrahimovic has shown at French league that he is still the same as he was ten years back. 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 the 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.”
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