Zlatan Ibrahimovic might well fancy a crack at the Premier League in the future, but would only consider Chelsea, according to ex-Arsenal star Martin Keown.
The former Gunners ace, now a pundit, wrote in the Daily Mail that he could see Ibrahimovic swapping France for England, but that the scenario was unlikely unless he was prepared to take a hefty drop in wages.
Keown on Ibra
The enigmatic Sweden star has just one year left on his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and his advancing years make it unlikely that he’ll be offered a new Parc des Princes deal.
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As a result speculation has been rife over which club will become his next destination. Keown believes that rumours of a Premier League career swan-song might not be all that preposterous.
“He’s always been ambitious and likes to tick boxes around Europe.
“Now he might like to do it here. But unless he takes a drop in wages, it’s hard to see where he’ll go.
“I think the only place I could really see him would be Chelsea, especially if Diego Costa’s hamstring blows up.”
Still got it
Having scored 19 goals in 24 appearances last term the veteran forward certainly still has what it takes to give defences a hard time, though whether or not he’d be able to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League given his age is a question for fans to deliberate.
His record around Europe is sublime, but Jose Mourinho is looking to phase out his old guard as his next generation Chelsea side takes to the fore, and Ibrahimovic might not be as good of an option as a younger model with this in mind.
Is there any need?
On top of that there’s the fact that the Blues already boast Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao - three established strikers who don’t really need another companion.
As a result it looks unlikely that Ibrahimovic will be calling Stamford Bridge home anytime soon. When his PSG contract runs out he’ll be 34. Surely even Mourinho, whose footballing brain works in mysterious ways, wouldn’t take a gamble on him then?
Chelsea fans, what do you think? Is there any substance to Keown’s thoughts? Could Ibra ever turn out for the Blues? Let us know in the comments box below.