Never one to hide in the shadows, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has caused a stir in France by requesting to terminate his contract with the French league champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The 33-year-old Swedish international still has one year remaining on his contract, estimated to be worth $9 million per year after tax, yet according to La Gazetta he has flown to Doha with his agent to meet club president Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi in an attempt to orchestrate his departure from the Parc des Princes.
Reportedly interested to make a return to former club AC Milan, Ibrahimovic would be required to take a significant cut in his wage demands, such is the recent decline of the Rossoneri who no longer hold the financial power they once did in world football.
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Milan, who finished in 10th position in Serie A last season, and therefore did not qualify for next season's Champions League competition, have been in steady decline in recent seasons, prompting speculation as to why Ibrahimovic would be interested to take a step down and join Milan, when he is still in such high demand at this late stage of his career.
Speaking to Swedish media following his brace for the national side in last night's European Championship qualifying win over Montenegro, Ibrahimovic fuelled initial rumours by refusing to rule out a move away from PSG.
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"I have one year left on my contract with PSG and no other plans," he told Swedish television, according to the Daily Mail. "But then things can change from one day to the next.
He then shed light on why Champions League qualification would not be a necessity, therefore appearing to indicate that a move to Milan could well be on the cards.
"I think that the older I get, and now I'm a father, I think differently about choosing a club. It's not just the football aspect that needs to be right, it's how your family settle and what kind of city you'll be living in."
“A lot of people think it’s all about the Champions League, but that’s not true. I want to be at a club where I enjoy myself, have a good time and play fun football."
Not out of character
Were Ibrahimovic's wishes to be granted, then he would continue the trend he has established in never opting to remain at a club for longer than three seasons before moving to a find a new club. Having previously plied his trade in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, a move to England would represent a new challenge for Ibrahimovic.
With Arsenal amongst a number of clubs allegedly keen to sign the talismanic Swede, this may well be the final chance for fans in England to get a glimpse of Ibrahimovic in the Premier League. As the striker enters into the twilight years of his footballing career, it is unlikely that a future opportunity to move to England will arise.
However, clearly content in Italy having spent the majority of his career playing there for the likes of Inter and AC Milan as well as Juventus, it would not be out of character for Zlatan to once again move to Italy should he be granted permission.
Yet to be confirmed whether or not his request has been granted, PSG are reportedly looking at Juventus striker, Carlos Tevez as a possible replacement and will grant the Argentinian an eye-watering salary to stave off competition from rival clubs.
Wherever Zlatan finds himself next season, expect the interest surrounding him to follow.
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