Arsenal Transfer News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Confirms PSG Exit, Latest Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

TROYES, FRANCE - MARCH 13: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG keeps the ball of the match because he scored 4 goals while celebrating winning the French Ligue 1 championships 2015-1016 following the French Ligue 1 match between ESTAC Troyes and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade de l'Aube on March 13, 2016 in Troyes, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, opening up his chances of a summer move to Arsenal or Manchester United.

Speaking to the Guardian this week, Ibrahimovic said that, as things stand, he will no longer be a PSG player next season (h/t Daily Star's Luke Gardener):

But, for now, I will not be at PSG next season. I have one-and-a-half months left on my contract here. I will enjoy while I’m still here.

What will happen next year, I do not know, but for now, I will not be here.

I do not think they can change the Eiffel Tower by my statue, so... Even the leaders of the club cannot, I think. But if they can, I’ll stay here, I promise.

The Sweden striker thundered four past Troyes on Sunday as PSG routed the minnows 9-0 to claim another Ligue 1 title and Ibrahimovic's fourth in succession since moving to France in 2012:

A list of Europe's top clubs are sure to be on red alert with confirmation one of the continent's elite finishers will be available for capture this summer, with Arsenal reported to be among that crowd of suitors.  

Needless to say the forward's prerequisite for remaining in the French capital doesn't look likely to be fulfilled anytime soon, meaning it's more than likely Ibrahimovic will be plying his trade elsewhere next term.

Sunday's four-goal haul brought Ibrahimovic's Ligue 1 goal tally up to 102, while he has now netted 141 goals for PSG across all competitions and has further cemented his place as the club's all-time top scorer.

BT Sport provided highlights of all nine goals PSG put past Troyes on Sunday as they bulldozed their way to yet another domestic title and remained a gargantuan 25 points ahead of second-placed AS Monaco:

Ibrahimovic undoubtedly has all the credentials to play for Arsenal and would give them a certain shimmer in attack, but at the age of 34, the striker may not appeal to manager Arsene Wenger, whose priorities often lie in promoting youth.

Gunners legend Thierry Henry recently told Sky Sports his old Barcelona team-mate could be a good fit at the Emirates Stadium (h/t Goal's Stephen Darwin):

Who can we sign? Who's available? I hear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to come. It's a problem of who's going to want to come. Are we going to make the Champions League? 

I thought that [Olivier] Giroud did well at certain times during the season. He's been struggling but hopefully he's going to bounce back from the two goals in the FA Cup. Zlatan can do a job. And Kante could do a good job. Those guys that people don't know about are the ones we need to try to get.

We need to see if we can win this one [the Premier League title in 2015-16]. There's not going to be a better chance than the chance that we have to win this one. Although we're far away from it at the moment, there's still some points to go so hopefully we can do it. It doesn't look like it but I still believe we can.

Arsenal's need for new recruits was reinforced on Sunday as the north Londoners dropped to a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Watford, where substitute Danny Welbeck provided the hosts' only goal of the day.

Wenger could find competition from Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp, however, after he and Ibrahimovic discussed a "free" move in 2014, when the German was still at Borussia Dortmund, per ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld:

Even at 34 years of age, Ibrahimovic could turn into a valuable short-term acquisition for the Gunners, particularly as Wenger prepares to enter the last year of his contract.

Perhaps the Swede could provide the key to ensure he finally bows out of his 20-year Arsenal reign on a high note, and Ibrahimovic's thirst to finally conquer England may facilitate both parties.


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