Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire at the end of the season, prompting plenty of rumours about a possible transfer.
AC Milan, Inter Milan and Chelsea have all been linked with potential moves for the Swede.
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Ibrahimovic Comments on PSG Future
Thursday, Dec. 31
Speaking to Goal Italia (h/t Football Italia) after PSG faced Inter in a friendly, Ibrahimovic was advised he was missed by those in Milan.
“Yes, but by which team?” was the forward’s response, having featured for both the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri during his distinguished career.
Ibrahimovic also hinted, despite being able to sign for a team on a pre-contract in 2016, he may not be leaving PSG after all. “I have a good rapport with PSG,” he told L’Equipe (h/t Football Italia). “I have no intention of leaving the club and there are no current negotiations on the table.”
Chelsea have also been linked with a potential move for the 34-year-old in the past, with Spanish outlet Don Balon (via Luke Gardener in the Daily Star) claiming in December the English champions will offer Ibrahimovic a contract that’d see him pick up a whopping £215,000-a-week salary.
Although he’d be an expensive acquisition for Inter, Milan or Chelsea, there are obvious merits to bringing the striker to the club. Here's a look at why he'd be a coup:
Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic remains a critical player for PSG. His talent on the ball is as good as any striker in Europe, as is his strength in the air and ability to bring team-mates into the game. As Squawka Football noted earlier in the season, the striker is a clinical presence in the final third too:
Most goals + assists in Europe's top 5 leagues this season: P-E. Aubameyang (22) Z. Ibrahimovic (21) R. Mahrez (20) Neymar (19)— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 19, 2015
Will Ibrahimovic be a PSG player for the 2016-17 season?
PSG will be desperate to keep hold of Ibrahimovic. Although some would argue a more dynamic presence at the point of the attack would be a better foil for the likes Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani, few players in world football are quite as talismanic as their current No. 10. The Parisian crowd adore him too.
Throughout his career, though, Ibrahimovic has shown a willingness to move from club to club and tackle new goals, having won titles in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and France.
After four seasons in the French capital, perhaps he’ll feel as though one final challenge is in order before calling time on his stellar playing days.