Zlatan Ibrahimovic Comments on Interest from Premier League Clubs

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2016

Swedish national soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks on during a press conference at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday March 27, 2016, ahead of Tuesday's friendly soccer match against Czech Republic. (Claudio Bresciani / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT

Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed that Premier League clubs are showing an interest in his services amid rumours both Arsenal and Manchester United are planning a move for the out-of-contract star.

As the Daily Mirror's John Cross reported, the Sweden international said he has a big decision ahead of him, as he's still unsure where he'll play next season: "Yes, there is interest from the Premier League, I can confirm that. The Premier League is the league in the world all people and fans speak about. A lot of things have to feel fine when I'm going to take a decision this summer."

The 34-year-old has been in exceptional form for PSG this season, scoring 27 goals in Ligue 1, per WhoScored.com. According to Cross, Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in the former Barcelona star.   

Ibrahimovic may be getting up there in age, but Ligue 1 writer Mohammed Ali thinks he still looks every bit as good as he always has:

The Swede has one of the most impressive trophy shelves in all of football, winning titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, but he has never played in the Premier League. He has a penchant for winning silverware no matter where he goes, having won titles with Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and PSG.

Back in 2014, the veteran told the Guardian's Donald McRae he would never play in England, but that interview seems like a distant memory. Speculation has been rampant the last few weeks, ever since Ibrahimovic admitted he's unlikely to return to Les Parisiens next season, per BeIN Sports (h/t Get French Football News):

There are few challenges left for Ibrahimovic on the domestic level, having won titles just about everywhere he's played. The UEFA Champions League trophy is the one major omission from his resume, along with a Premier League title.

If he considered a move to England, the summer of 2016 would probably present his last opportunity. While he's still a world-class striker, he's also 34 years old, and the inevitable regression will kick in soon enough.

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Ibrahimovic is a magician with the ball, a flair player with exceptional power on the ball and superb instincts. His game has few weaknesses: He can beat defenders using technique or power, and despite his age, he's still quick enough to do damage on the counter-attack as well.

It's easy to see why Premier League clubs would be interested in his services, and given his status as an impending free agent, the interest will only intensify. Manchester United in particular could use his prolific scoring and leadership in the attacking third, while he would present a clear upgrade over Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.

His next move will likely depend on where his priorities lie. If he wants to chase that elusive Champions League title, his best bet is probably to stay with PSG, who have a squad that is arguably stronger than any Premier League side and usually have it easier in Europe, as the weaker Ligue 1 allows them to rest their stars.

A move to China or the MLS would make sense financially, but Ibrahimovic is still a top player, and those usually stay in the best leagues as long as they can. If he could add the Premier League title to his resume, it would only add to his impressive legacy, and that might just be enough to convince him to finally make the move to England.