Agent: Chelsea or Manchester City could afford Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Chelsea and Manchester City are two of a select few clubs with the financial clout and lure of success that could sign Zlatan Ibrahmovic were he to seek a transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain, according to the agent of the Swedish star.

Ibrahimovic has scored 31 goals in 40 appearances during his maiden season in Paris and, despite the significant financial might of PSG, the 31-year-old has been linked with a summer transfer away from the Parc des Princes.

The agent, Mino Raiola, of Ibrahimovic has added further fuel to speculation that his client may be on the move from Paris one day, claiming the Sweden captain would consider a transfer back to Italy should the opportunity present itself.

Ibrahimovic has played for the three most iconic clubs in Italian football - AC Milan, Inter and Juventus - and would love to move back to Serie A, but Raiola claims any such transfer would be nigh on 'impossible'.

Raiola does, however, believe Chelsea or Manchester City would be able to afford to purchase his client, although it is not clear if their is any genuine interest in bringing the Swede to either Stamford Bridge or the Etihad Stadium.

"Is Ibrahimovic’s future in Paris? Today yes, but perhaps tomorrow no," Raiola told La Repubblica.

"In football everything is possible, so I don’t close the door on anything. Never say never...

"He is happy in Paris and Paris Saint-Germain are happy with him, so I don’t see any reason to leave. Then again, Ibra was happy at Milan and then went to PSG...

"I think it is almost impossible for a return to Italy. If he does return, then there are two or three clubs who could sign him: Milan, Inter and Juve. There are also clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea around.

"If he leaves PSG, will Serie A be in pole position? Ibrahimovic has never hidden the fact Italy is in his heart. It is his second home."

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