5 Potential New Homes for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Tom Lane@@tommo_laneContributor IIIJuly 15, 2013

5 Potential New Homes for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    According to English newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Edinson Cavani is in France to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain. 

    The Uruguayan is looking more and more likely to leave Napoli for the French capital for a fee rumoured to be around £55 million.

    The signing of Cavani will lead to many questions about whether he can work together with Swedish International and current PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Could the two of them work together? Will one of them have to play out of position at the club? Or could we see Ibrahimovic depart the club?

    The biggest stumbling block for any club looking to sign the Swede would be his large wages, but there are still a few clubs with substantial funds who are looking for a striker.

Manchester United

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    This may seem a little far fetched with Robin Van Persie already the main man at Manchester United, but it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility if Wayne Rooney were to leave the club.

    Rooney has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford to multiple clubs with PSG defender Thiago Silva a fan of the England striker.

    Any departure would leave a gap in Manchester United's offence as well as leaving new United manager David Moyes with plenty of money to spend on transfers and wages.

    I doubt there is much of a difference between the wages paid by Manchester United to Wayne Rooney and the wages PSG pay to Ibrahimovic. 

    The big name signing could put David Moyes' stamp on the club and send a message to the rest of Europe, that United are going to compete with the best in Europe despite the departure of Alex Ferguson.

    Their rivals Manchester City appear out of the race to sign Ibrahimovic with British newspaper The Sun reporting they will sign Negredo and Jovetic.


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    One club who are set to offload a talisman-like striker are Napoli themselves, leaving a gap at the top of the pitch.

    Cavani moving to the French club means that Rafa Benitez will be looking for a replacement and that man could be Zlatan.

    Ibrahimovic has multiple plus points for Napoli, having played in the Italian league previously as well as filling a giant void. 

    Given Ibrahimovic's age the fee would be substantially less than they sold Cavani for or perhaps they could even use Ibrahimovic as part of a swap-plus-cash deal. 

    The signing of Jose Callejon and the rumoured signing of goalkeeper Julio Cesar means that Napoli have already done some quick and shrewd business and Ibrahimovic would certainly add a different dimension.

    Whether he would want to move to Naples is another matter, but he would enjoy continuing to be the main man at a club.

An MLS Club

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    When David Beckham signed for LA Galaxy from Real Madrid back in 2007 he was capable of playing almost anywhere in the world and brought a legitimacy to the division.

    Since then we have seen an influx of household names from Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill at the New York Red Bulls to Robbie Keane at Galaxy.

    With a Beckham sized hole not really filled in the MLS, Ibrahimovic could be the new poster boy for the league.

    With big money potentially on offer and the chance to represent a brand, a move from PSG to the MLS may not be so difficult to comprehend. 

    He would go from being a star at a club to a star of a whole country, which may appeal to the Swede. 


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    Chelsea only had two frontmen last season in Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who himself only signed for the club in January.

    The emergence of Romelu Lukaku means the club have three strikers, but British newspapers are reporting Demba Ba may be out of favour with the new boss Jose Mourinho. 

    This would leave a gap for Ibrahimovic to fill and Chelsea have never been afraid to spend big money to achieve big things.

    The Swedish striker and the 'Happy One' have worked together previously in Serie A winning the league title in 2009 with Inter Milan.

    Ibrahimovic has never played for an English club and could see this as a new challenge and a chance to prove himself to English doubters.

Real Madrid

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    The club most likely to try to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Carlo Ancelotti's new side Real Madrid, who have both the financial capability and the reputation for signing big name players.

    Ibrahimovic has worked with Ancelotti at PSG and both have worked in the Italian league with Juventus and AC Milan.

    The fee and wages would not be a massive issue for Real who are renowned for their 'Galaticos' transfer policy under Florentino Perez and Ibrahimovic would fit into that mould.

    The whole transfer window there have been rumours of a departure from Real Madrid for Argentine International Gonzalo Higuain. 

    This would leave a gap from Ibrahimovic to fill and would allow him to link up with his former manager. 

    The only issue would be the clash of egos between Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo over who was 'the man' at Madrid, but a move by Cristiano to Old Trafford, as rumoured in the Daily Mail, would soon put pay to that!