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Zlatan Ibrahimovic demanding £31m deal from Premier League clubs

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and has regularly stoked the fire by suggesting he is more than open plying his trade on English shores next season.

And who wouldn't want to sign him? He may be 34-years-old, but the PSG striker only seems to be getting better with age and would bring with him an astronomical commercial value. The potential shirt sales don't even bare thinking about while his goal-scoring ability would certainly be welcomed.

However, according to the Daily Mail, a move to the Premier League looks less than likely simply because Ibrahimovic is demanding a crazy amount of money. With the high rate of tax unappealing to the striker, he wants £600,000-a-week.

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Biggest contract ever

So let's put that in context. Ibrahimovic's wage demands would earn him £31m for the one-season contract he is seeking and would see him become by far the biggest earner in Premier League history.

Right now, the highest earner in the Premier League is Wayne Rooney, who earns a basic salary of £260,000-a-week with some bonus payments on top. That is the biggest contract the Premier League has ever seen and now Ibrahimovic wants to more than double it.

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China Calling

Unbelievably, his wage demands appear to be something of a compromise. He has already been told that he could earn upwards of £1m-a-week if he moves to the Chinese Super League. That is a staggering amount of money, but while a number of stars are moving to the Far East, Ibrahimovic is not tempted.

He would prefer to move to the Premier League, where he has yet to grace during an illustrious career but wants his cut of the huge TV deal that comes into play from next season. As one insider put it, his demands could end up scuppering the move.

"We would like to sign him, but the money is crazy," a deal insider told the same report. "We get that he would be a significant capture, but is he really worth that money — and at the age of 34?"

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Who wants him

His agent, Mino Raiola recently told Gazzetta dello Sport: "With the exception of Manchester City, where there is (Pep) Guardiola, all the big clubs have knocked on the door."

West Ham, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest but only the Red Devils could hope to get close to his demands. Even then, they would probably need the revenue from Champions League football to balance the books and there is, of course, no guarantee of Ibrahimovic flourishing in English football. 

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Ligue 1
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