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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Potential Premier League hit?

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'Ibra' scored four last night (©GettyImages)
'Ibra' scored four last night (©GettyImages).

After witnessing a handful of near-supernatural goals over the past week, there can't be a Premier League fan in the world who doesn't want to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic strut his stuff in England.

The 30-year-old striker, who has lined up for Ajax, Inter, Barcelona and Juventus among other top clubs, previously ruled out a potential stint in the English top-flight at this stage of his career, but also admitted "things can change" – and boy, it would be sweet if they did.

Ibrahimovic has a touch of former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli about him – not because of off-pitch tomfoolery – but his captivating ability to silence or enrapture an entire stadium with a single action.

Whether he's bamboozling his marker with an instinctive flick or smashing a pile-driver into the top corner from 30 yards, the Sweden international rarely fails to impress.

'Ibra' could provide the same conveyer belt of entertainment the Italian did, but in a style far more suited to the context of his profession.

And he's unlikely to lose his charm in the foreseeable future.

A four-goal haul against Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the Champions League last night underlined his resistance to age; proving he's still among the deadliest finishers around even on the wrong side of 30.

Although the opposition weren't Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, defenders couldn't get close to Ibrahimovic as he ripped apart the most dominant club in Belgium.

His supreme performance to help open up a five-point lead for the Parisians atop Group C is a prime example of why Premier League sides such as Manchester City and Chelsea are mounting a swoop for the lethal striker.

The aforementioned clubs are more than capable of financing a deal for Ibrahimovic, so the prospect of a move to England lies solely in the hands of the man himself.

PSG deposit a ludicrous £47.5m annual wage into the bank account of their main man, but no amount of money is likely to frighten away mega-rich owners Roman Abramovich or Sheik Mansour.

England and Germany are the only two top European leagues the Swede is yet to play in, so would the likely promise of Champions League football and a handsome pay packet lure him towards ticking off the Premier League off the list?

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