Liverpool have almost no chance of convincing Paris Saint-Germain to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, according to the player's agent.
Outlandish transfer stories claimed Brendan Rodgers had sensed a chance to sign Ibrahimovic after the Swedish international slammed the standard of refereeing in France. The comments were widely rehashed and interpreted to be taking aim at the country as a whole.
In the wake of 3-2 defeat to Bordeaux, he was heard saying: “Wake up, wake up … we’re not amateurs. Fu***** asshole. I’ve never seen this in my 15 years playing football. I’ve been playing for 15 years and I’ve never seen [good] refereeing in this s*** country. They don’t even deserve PSG in this country.”
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It has since been suggested that Ibrahimovic is ready to leave Ligue 1 with England a likely destination. The Premier League is one of the only major leagues the 33-year-old is yet to test himself in and Liverpool appeared favourites.
"There is only one player in the world who measures 1.96m, with the technique of Messi, the character of Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson's strength"
However, Mino Raiola claims it is highly unlikely that Ibrahimovic will leave Parc des Princes, claiming he is virtually irreplaceable.
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Technique of Messi, strength of Tyson
He told L'Equipe: "Could Zlatan leave PSG? Theoretically, yes.
"But only if there is a transfer. And that would mean that PSG have to cooperate.
"This leads me to say: virtually, no!
"Today, he is still the most important player of the PSG project.
"Where is his replacement? Where is the new Zlatan? It is impossible to find one today and PSG knows that."
"Zlatan is unique. There is only one player in the world who measures 1.96m, with the technique of Messi, the character of Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson's strength."
A pipe dream
It is hard to believe that Liverpool thought they could convince Ibrahimovic to leave Paris where he is the star of the show under Laurent Blanc. There is also no hope of the Reds matching his wage demands.
The Swede takes home €13million-a-year after tax in the French capital, meaning Liverpool would have to commit to paying over €20m.
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