Le Parisien are today reporting that Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reached a verbal agreement with Jorge Mendes to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, has lined up a move to the French champions should the Real Madrid star decide to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
And one player that the proposed move will have a big impact on is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Quite where the Swede will be playing football next season is anyone’s guess. Spanish newspaper Sport claim that he has been offered a formal proposal to extend his deal for another season but the striker himself has admitted to holding discussions with a number of interested clubs.
Sport’s report goes on to suggest that Ibrahimovic and his agent, Mino Raiola, must await the outcome of Ronaldo’s proposed move to the Parc des Princes before his future becomes clear. If the Portuguese doesn't join, Ibrahimovic will probably sign a new deal with the Paris club.
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PSG and Ibrahimovic’s camp are said to be on different wavelengths and the Ligue 1 champions would prefer to sign the Madrid star.
But they run the risk of missing out on both if they wait too long to extend Ibrahimovic’s deal.
Ibra has spoken to other clubs
Manchester United and AC Milan have been touted as possible destinations for the former Barcelona striker, who confessed to speaking with “everyone”.
Ibrahimovic, who has scored 45 goals this season, told Goal: “The situation is what it is. We will see what happens. We're talking with everyone.
“We are in talks with PSG but also with other interested clubs. We will see what happens but I cannot give you an answer today. Just be positive.
“[You'll know] when it's official,' he continued. 'I will know at that time too. Before that, I wouldn't know.
“It's difficult to answer this question. When I know, you'll know and the whole world will know. Everyone is asking that question but I do not have the answer yet.”
Decision's in Ronaldo's hands
Ibrahimovic is reportedly seeking wages of £600,000-a-week, which would turn off many of his suitors. At 34-years-old, it’s not a certainty that he will be as clinical next season and few clubs will want to take that risk.
The imposing forward provided a spiky response when quizzed about his future in April.
“This is my last season [in Paris]? That you know already? You are very curious,” he said, per the Daily Mail. “I have won a lot of trophies but I still want to win a lot more. I want to do it wherever I can.”
Ibrahimovic could play three more games for PSG, or he could spend another season in France. And his future is in Ronaldo’s hands.