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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Potential destinations

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Ibrahimovic has been linked away from PSG (©GettyImages)
Ibrahimovic has been linked away from PSG (©GettyImages).

The volatile, eccentric and mesmerising Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reported to want a move away from PSG after a single season with the French giants, with the most likely suitors seemingly Real Madrid and Manchester City. 

The giant Swede scored 35 goals in 46 appearances last season for Les Parisiens and was considered to be the star man, not only at the club, but in the whole league.

Ibrahimovic however, is seemingly unhappy with the pursuit of Edinson Cavani for a monumental transfer fee of £53 million as it will threaten his status as the big name in Paris.

Following Carlo Ancelotti to Madrid may not seem like the best way to be the biggest name in the team with Cristiano Ronaldo, the perennial Ballon D'Or bridesmaid, likely to hold that mantle until he moves on to pastures new. However, Ibrahimovic may see things differently as he has previously been quoted as calling the Portuguese a "privileged spectator" and obviously rates himself as a much better player, not just than Ronaldo, but everyone else who has ever kicked a ball.

The 32-year-old has already been causing problems for new PSG boss Laurent Blanc, who was only appointed 3 weeks ago, failing to return or answer phone calls, despite being given ten extra days off from pre-season training.  

Zlatan had given his agent Mino Raiola the go ahead to open negotiations with Real over a potential move to the Bernabeu and could be available for as little as £17 million pounds - a bargain when you consider it's less than half of what Liverpool paid for flop Andy Carroll. 

The 31-year-old has said he is willing to take a pay cut to help the move through, with his salary expected to drop to around £250,000 a week. Real Madrid have rejected talk of a move however.

Manchester City are yet to table a bid, but they are short on strikers and Ibrahimovic, while he most certainly knows it, is a deadly marksman and offers the rare skill of being able to bring other players into the game in forward positions.

Ibrahimovic may also feel a move to Manchester City would be a fresh challenge for him as English clubs have overlooked the eccentric Swede in previous years, providing the opportunity for him to prove his doubters wrong yet again. 

The move would definitely be an interesting one for the Blues and could well bring them back into title contention after playing second fiddle to their city rivals last season.

 

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