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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Unrest Must Force PSG to Part Ways with Swede

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks on after the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Brestois 29 at Parc des Princes on May 18, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2013

After making the leap to Paris just a year ago, it is already time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to move on from PSG

For anyone following the recent developments of PSG, that statement cannot come as a surprise. As the Associated Press reports, PSG broke the French league transfer record while paying a reported fee of $85 million for striker Edinson Cavani.

Obviously, PSG didn't make this move for Cavani to split time or take a back seat to anyone. While he could certainly pair with the 31-year-old Swede, that isn't the best option for PSG

Especially considering that Ibrahimovic appears ready to leave. 

Ibrahimovic played marvelous last season. He led Ligue 1 with 30 goals last year while helping his club win their first title since 1994.

While that team success is a great trend for PSG, it hasn't helped this squad maintain status quo

Brazilian sporting director Leonardo resigned from the club and Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti has left for Real Madrid. 

The second part of that is especially important to this story. 

The Express' James Dickenson reports, according to sources, that Ancelotti has asked Madrid to add Ibrahimovic.

Dickenson also passed along this quote from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis: "He [Ibrahimovic] won't play with Cavani, he's already been promised to other horizons." 

PSG would be smart to make this move. As Dickenson also reports, their reigning leading goalscorer was not able to get comfortable in Paris last year.

What's more, AS.com's Jose A. Espina reports that Ibra would take a pay cut to join Madrid and that he is motivated by his quest to add a Champions League title to his resume. 

PSG need to help free him up to accomplish that goal. If Ibrahimovic's pairing with Cavani was ever going to work, both players were going to have to be excited about the opportunity. This would give them the motivation to adapt their game. 

With Ibrahimovic's heart set on a move instead, he is not in position to give PSG the kind of 100 percent commitment they need from him. It's time for both parties to move onto a new era. 

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