The Premier League has become home to many of the world's best players over the years. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez to Michael Owen, English football has always had its fair share of superstars. But one name that continues to elude them is that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A colourful character but an undoubtedly fantastic footballer, the mercurial Swede seems to have something against England. Whether it be scoring four against them in 2012 or continually declining the advances of their biggest clubs, the 34-year-old never misses a chance to rub salt into this country's wounds.
This summer seemed the perfect time for him to venture over to these shores. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea were all crying out for firepower and, with Paris Saint-Germain landing Angel Di Maria, his task of keeping his starting position with Laurent Blanc's side looked a little bit harder. Yet still, bafflingly, nobody tried hard enough to sign him.
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Though his resentment for Louis van Gaal has been well-publicised, that the United manager instead chose to pursue unknown quantity Anthony Martial has seen the club's supporters turn on the Dutchman just mere weeks into the new season.
Arsenal meanwhile were also crying out for an established centre-forward. Olivier Giroud is capable but unglamorous - and too often guilty of fluffing his lines on the big occasions. As for Danny Welbeck, even Gunners fans aren't convinced by a player who scored just eight league goals in his maiden season at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea would perhaps of been the best fit for Ibrahimovic, given the glowing reference he gave Jose Mourinho in his autobiography entitled "I am Zlatan." In it, the Swede confesses that he and his teammates would "go to war," for the Portuguese star whilst at Inter Milan. Despite the flattery, Mourinho instead opted to sign Radamel Falcao instead.
Ibrahimovic still harbours dreams of returning to first love Malmo, who PSG will face in the Champions League in what may prompt a rare display of emotion from the former Barcelona and Ajax forward.
There also seems to be a feeling that the player could still return to AC Milan one day. The Italian giants tried, and failed, to land him this year but the romantic idea of him one day returning to the San Siro to haul them out the wilderness is one that no doubt appeals to all concerned with the club.
The Premier League and Ibrahimovic would be a match made in heaven. His arrogance, his combative nature, and his tremendous ability would many any campaign with him in it one to remember. Unfortunately, it looks now like a very distant dream.
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