New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could look to move for Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a cut-price £17m deal thought to be on the cards for the 31-year-old.

The Swedish star reportedly fell out with Laurent Blanc just 18 days after he was appointed as the new manager of the French club.

Ibrahimovic was also unhappy about the potential arrival of £50 million-rated Uruguayan Edinson Cavani as he does not want a rival for his position in the PSG line-up.

The Swede's reputation for having a somewhat unstable temper will be unlikely to deter the boss of a club no stranger to notoriety themselves in recent seasons after being accused of trying to buy their way to trophies.

However, Ibrahimovic himself has given his agent Mino Raiola instructions to pave the way for a link-up with former PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti at Spanish giants Real Madrid, after he indicated he would be willing to lower his wage demands to force through a move, although Madrid have rejected these advances claim reports.

No formal bid from either club has yet been made for Ibrahimovic, who would also be keen to prove his doubters wrong in England. Having won the league with a club in 10 of the past 12 seasons, playing for seven different clubs and scoring 41 goals in 90 appearances for his native Sweden, there is likely to be interest in the former Milan striker.

City are currently in need of a replacement for former strikers Mario Balotelli, who was sold to AC Milan for £17m in January, and Carlos Tevez, who recently moved to Juventus for a fee believed to be in the region of £12m.

Fiorentina's Stefan Jovetic and Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo have also been touted as possible targets.


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