AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain blocked Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to the San Siro before the club brought back Mario Balotelli on a season-long loan, reports ESPN.
It was well documented that the Serie A side wanted to bring Ibrahimovic back to Italy after his future was thrown into doubt over the summer.
However, after the two clubs held talks about a possible deal, PSG blocked the move and didn't allow the Swede to leave the club.
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After failing to land one former-striker, Milan turned their attentions to another and targeted Balotelli from Liverpool, just a year after they sold him to the Premier League outfit for £16million.
The Italian failed during his return to England, scoring just two goals for the Reds and after being excluded by Brendan Rodgers during pre-season training, he eventually re-joined his former club on a season-long loan deal.
Things could have been different for the involved parties however if Ibrahimovic had got his way, according to Milan's president.
Berlusconi was speaking in an interview over the weekend and he revealed that the Swedish international wanted to make a dramatic return to the San Siro before his current club blocked the move.
The club president then continued to say they got the better deal in the end due to Balotelli being a lot younger than Ibrahimovic.
President Reveals All
Berlusconi said: "Ibra wanted to come to us, but PSG wouldn't let him go.
"He really hoped that he would come to Milan.
"Oh well, we've got Balotelli now and he's younger. Ibra, like me, is getting old."