Zlatan to Barcelona?
Speculations are rive on the media about where Inter Milan's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be plying his trade next year.
Recent reports have suggested that the Nou Camp will be Zlatan´s new address. Others have purported that the striker will probably move to Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid should Florentino Perez lures Inter Milan’s current Manager the self-styled “Special One” Portuguese Jose Mourinho.
The question that looms is; Is Zlatan a suitably candidate for Barcelona?
First and foremost, Barcelona boost of the best attacking force in world club football today. The trio of Samuel Eto'o, Lionel Messi and Thiery Henry has netted a colossal 71 leagues goals this 2008/09 campaign way more than any attacking force this season.
This is enough evidence of the destructive force of the Barcelona’s attacking line. Is there a need for another expensive striker? I personally do not think so.
Secondly, Zlatan is a too expensive striker and Barcelona is definitively unready to meet Inter`s asking price. The Swedish striker will be turning 28 soon and for a club of Barcelona´s status to put in such an exorbitant sum for a striker nearing his prime is unconceivable.
More over, Zlatan is currently the best paid footballer in the globe and this is a cause of concern. I doubt if Barcelona will be willing to meet the striker’s present salary exigencies. Some pundits insinuate that should Zlatan move to Barcelona at his present salary this may cause unrest in Barca´s dressing room thereby destabilising the team.
In then same vein, Barcelona´s performance this year has been linked fairly to the strict disciplined impose by Manager Pep Guardiola. It should be recalled that immediately Guardiola ascending to the helm of Barcelona he put on the market the then untouchable Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto´o.
Eto´o alone managed to survive that episode and has greatly improved on his attitude which has translated into performance on the pitch.
Is Barcelona ready to bring in another “diva”? Zlatan has been known for his indiscipline and diva-like attitude. This is another factor that militates against the possibility of a move to the Nou Camp.
Lastly, Guardiola has built Barcelona´s playing style on mounting immediate pressure should they be dispossessed of the ball. This means a lot of movements and displacements for the strikers and Zlatan is not fitted for this type of system.
Some see Zlatan acceleration, technique and height as possible qualities Barcelona would want to catch on. But look at Barca´s upfront; Eto´o is explosive, Henry is probably one of the fastest strikers out there and Lionel Messi´s technique and pace ball-on are arguably the best in the world.
Zlatan without doubt is one of the finest strikers in the world but do I see Zlatan moving to Barcelona this year, the answer is no. What do you think?