Martin Keown would like to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic join Newcastle United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to Manchester United today after the Paris Saint-Germain striker claimed he was “in shape” for a move to the Premier League.

Time is running out for the enigmatic Sweden international, who turns 35 in October, and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown doesn’t expect any of the top clubs - yes, including Manchester United - to sign him.

Instead, Keown admits he would love to see Ibrahimovic join a club like, wait for it, Newcastle United.


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"I’d love to see him play in the Premier League and surely he’d want the opportunity to play in England," Keown he told the Daily Mail, per Goal.

"I don’t know whether Arsene Wenger would gamble on him – Zlatan had a chance years ago at Arsenal but turned it down – and given the wages and his age, it doesn’t feel like an Arsenal deal.

"I’m not sure Chelsea would take him either – imagine the clash between him and Diego Costa! I just don’t think you could play those two together.

"I doubt very much Pep Guardiola would take him at Man City given their fall-out at Barcelona and I don’t think United would take the punt either because they need a long-term option up front.

"Of course Zlatan’s wages and profile means he’d most likely head to one of the big clubs, but I’d be fascinated if he went somewhere like Newcastle.

"It’s unlikely, I know, but imagine him being a new No 9 up there! His wages might be extortionate but there will be a lot of money swirling around in the Premier League next season."

Zlatan is not joining Newcastle this summer

Yes, Martin, it is unlikely. In fact, we’re struggling to think of a more unlikely transfer that could happen this summer.

Lionel Messi to Swansea City or Cristiano Ronaldo to Millwall, perhaps?

Newcastle might be afford the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum but Zlatan will want in excess of £200,000-a-week if he leaves the Parc des Princes at the end of the season.

Despite his advancing years, he remains one of the world’s top strikers - as he demonstrated against Chelsea in the Champions League knockout rounds earlier this week.

Newcastle might have broken the transfer record for Alan Shearer 20 years ago, but those days are long gone.

Sorry, Newcastle fans, but we really wouldn’t bother putting the pennies away for a black-and-white Ibrahimovic shirt this summer.

Which English club is most likely to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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