Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic may opt to return to Serie A to end his career at AS Roma, according to reports back in his homeland.
The maverick striker has enjoyed previous stints at both Milanese clubs and Juventus, but despite being the talisman of Laurent Blanc’s French champions could be keen on a sensational return to the top flight of Italian football.
Life in the French capital has reportedly soured, and with Blanc already boasting Edinson Cavani in reserve a return to the country where he has spent so many years of his career could be on the cards for one of the game’s most colourful characters.
Regardless of whether or not he returns for one final challenge, Ibrahimovic is one of the best players to ever ply his trade in Serie A having etched his name into the history books with various title triumphs across three of the most historical clubs in the country.
He was first at Juventus, who brought him to the club from Eredivisie giants Ajax, and he struck 26 times in 92 appearances across two seasons to fire his side to two Scudetto's that would eventually be stripped from him following the Italian match-fixing scandal that rocked the country shortly after their World Cup triumph in 2006.
Roberto Mancini then swooped to bring him to the San Siro with Inter Milan, where he then established himself as one of the best players on the planet by firing them to three consecutive Scudetto’s under the tutelage of the Italian and current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
After enjoying a season in La Liga with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, only for things to turn sour after a run-in with the Spaniard, he returned to Italy with AC Milan and helped them win the league title under Massimiliano Allegri in his maiden season at the club before jumping ship to Paris Saint-Germain the following year, where he has remained ever since.
The passion and obvious appeal of Italian football plucks at Ibrahimovic’s heartstrings, with the Swedish ace's relationship with Blanc reportedly souring due to the Frenchman’s decision to drop him for the draw against Lille earlier this month.
Rudi Garcia may be forced to delve into the transfer market for a new forward if Mattia Destro departs for the Premier League when the window reopens next month, with Porto’s Jackson Martinez a possible option for last season’s runners-up.
Ibrahimovic would be a spectacular coup not just for Garcia but for Italian football as a whole, and the way his career has panned out so far hints at one last final move to a club within the country’s top flight.