Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to the Premier League when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer.
One potential stumbling block is Ibrahimovic’s reported demands of £600,000-per-week (is that even allowed?), a figure that would put off a number of clubs given the Swede is 34-years-old.
Still, it’s fun to speculate. And that’s exactly what Michael Owen did in the build-up to Barcelona’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
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Ibrahimovic has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal - two clubs in need of a striker - and Zlatan has even hinted at a move to England.
It makes sense given that the powerful forward is yet to grace the Premier League, having played in the Eredivisie, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 in his illustrious playing career.
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And if Arsenal can stump up the funds, Owen wants to see Ibra at the Emirates Stadium next season.
Owen wants Ibra at Arsenal
“Well, certainly with the size of him, you’d think he could cope with the physicality,” he told BT Sport.
“I, for some reason, just can envisage him in the Arsenal team. I think he’s exactly what they need. A big-name centre-forward. The fans have been calling for it for ages.
“He would probably love London, love the Premier League. I think he’ll end up in England.
“If he’s available, and Arsene Wenger doesn’t buy him, then there could be a big avalanche.”
Ibra hinted at England move
Last month, The Guardian reported that Ibrahimovic made a point of seeking out the English media after PSG’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Parc des Princes, with an interest in discussing his future.
“I have another three months here and, then, what will happen? Big things will happen. So let’s see.”
Asked whether he would fancy a move to England, he said: “Let’s just say I am in good shape.”
Wright: Ibra won't join Arsenal
But Ian Wright, Owen’s BT Sport colleague, doubts Ibrahimovic will sign for the Gunners due to a personal grudge against them.
The former Barcelona striker admitted in 2012 that he turned Arsene Wenger down after the Frenchman asked him to attend a trial at Arsenal before he became a star.
That, Wright believes, still irks Ibra.
“Can’t see it,” the Arsenal legend said. “He had a chance to sign him when he was younger and messed around with it and I think it’s a bit too late for Wenger. Wenger wouldn’t sign him.
“I’d love to see him there but I think he’s going to have to go somewhere where the team is going to be literally built through him."
Rio Ferdinand provided his input, stating that Arsenal are in desperate need of a player like Zlatan.
“I think Arsenal are crying out for someone like him,” he said. “Someone who can come in an invigorate that squad. A leader. A talisman.
“They’ve got some great players at Arsenal that may need that player just to drag them.”
Ibrahimovic has scored 38 goals this season, including a stunning hat-trick against Nice on Saturday.
His talent isn’t in question. His wages, however, are.
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