Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen on a return to Italian club Juventus, according to his former Malmo coach Stefan Hansson in an interview with Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
The 32-year-old, who left Turin in 2006 in the wake of the club’s relegation to Serie B due to the match fixing scandal, has led his current club to consecutive league titles but is now said to crave a move back to Serie A.
Hansson said: "I talk to Ibra as we still have a good relationship from when I trained him as a teenager in Malmo.
"After the French Super Cup we started talking about the future, and he told me that he wants to return to Juventus.
"If they do not succeed right away, he wants to play there in maybe a year. And money is not a problem.
"I might move to China,’ he added. 'Zlatan has earned so much money that he can move wherever he wants to in the world."
Juventus Part 1
The maverick forward initially signed for Juventus in 2004 from Dutch side Ajax, and despite competing with the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet still managed to make his mark at the club.
Ibrahimovic hit double figures in both of his two seasons at the Stadio delle Alpi, with his first season particularly impressive finding the net 16 times in 45 games.
The following season still saw moments of magic from the Swedish international, but he struggled to replicate the form displayed a year previously and managed to find the net just 10 times as Fabio Capello set about transforming his role in the team.
In spite of his struggles the club tried to keep Ibrahimovic when they were relegated to Serie B and stripped of their Scudetto just mere days after Italy had won the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
However, with the likes of Patrick Viera, Lilian Thuram and captain Fabio Cannavaro all opting to depart, they were ultimately unsuccessful with the striker signing on with fierce title rivals Inter Milan instead.
Prising from Paris
Juventus will face an immense task prising him away from PSG given his popularity over in the French capital.
The hitman has scored 78 times in 92 appearances for Laurent Blanc’s side, and is seen as a vital asset as they look to assemble a squad of superstars capable of winning the Champions League.
His age coupled with the Serie A champions’ current financial predicament means Massimiliano Allegri’s team are unlikely to bid big for the superstar, but funds could be freed up if Arturo Vidal departs for Manchester United as widely expected.
Yet PSG are under no pressure to sell having enjoyed a silverware-laden run of late, and with Edinson Cavani also desiring a move away are unlikely to sanction the sale of two star forwards this summer.
Juventus Part 2?
With Juventus already boasting a prolific strike force containing Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata and Fernando Llorente it makes little sense for Allegri to swoop for yet another striker.
But Ibrahimovic has something special, one of the few players on the planet capable of match winning moments of sheer genius, and his acquisition would make them a stronger side in spite of the plethora of talent already at their disposal.
His return could be the final clog of the machine, and could guide them to a first Champions League title since 1996.
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