Zlatan Ibrahimovic may stand as one of the best players in world football, but former club Juventus should snub any opportunity to re-sign the controversial maverick.
The Swede, who represented the Old Lady from 2004 to 2006, has been linked with a move back to the club after comments made by his old Malmo football coach in a recent interview with Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
But in spite of his obvious and unique qualities as a footballer, Massimiliano Allegri must resist the temptation and either place his faith in those currently at his disposal or opt to do business elsewhere.
Ibrahimovic’s departure to fierce rivals Inter Milan eight years ago came as a bitter blow with Juventus having been relegated to Serie B due to their part in the match-fixing scandal.
The club had tried everything to keep him at the Della Appi, having already lost superstar figures Patrick Viera and captain Fabio Cannavaro to Inter and Real Madrid, but the Swede’s reluctance to ply his trade in Italy’s second tier made any exit inevitable.
Loyalty has never been a word associated with a man that has donned the colours of Ajax, both Milan clubs, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and as Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all stayed to restore the club to the top flight Ibrahimovic left to etch his name into the history books at Inter.
Like Viera he was criticised for choosing a side from the same nation, but justified his choice by delivering three Scudetto titles for the Serie A giants.
Juventus may consider a bid for the Swede if they receive any true indication that he wants a move, but their current crop of strikers is already one of the strongest on the planet.
Carlos Tevez signed from Manchester City for a poultry £10million last summer, and restored the faith shown by Antonio Conte by scoring 19 league goals to deliver a third consecutive league title for the club.
Allegri has swooped for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who after the addition of James Rodriguez and pursuit of Radamel Falcao was deemed surplus to requirements over in the Spanish capital.
At just 21-years-old he has time on his side to make a huge impression at the Italian club, and score the goals to ensure the domination of domestic football continue.
Fernando Llorente may have failed to hit the form of his days over in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, but still stands as a feared marksman and reliable deputy to Tevez.
Javier Hernandez may also be added to their ranks before the transfer window shuts on September 1, but the move hinges on whether they sanction the sale of Arturo Vidal to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United in return.
From Paris with love
The chances of Ibrahimovic leaving the PSG project are slim with the striker having moved to quash any rumours of a potential move.
However, being the colourful character he is, a move back to Italian shores must never be discounted.
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