Where next for Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought his time at Paris Saint-Germain to a typically extravagant end at the weekend, when he walked off the pitch, without being subbed, with his two sons, to a standing ovation from the Parc Des Princes.

The Swedish goal machine has announced he will leave the French giants this season, and move on to a new club and a new challenge for the 16/17 season.

He has enjoyed immense success wherever he has played, and featured for some of the biggest sides in Europe.


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He won two Eredivisie titles with Ajax in 2001-02 and 2003-04. He helped Inter Milan win three consecutive 'Scudetto' league titles from 2006-2009, as well as their rivals AC Milan to the title in 2010-11.

In between, he won the La Liga title with Barcelona in his only season at the club. He has been the focal point of the PSG attack for four seasons, as they have monopolised the French league, winning the title each season.

With a career packed full of trophies and esteemed clubs, there is one key point that stands out - he has never played in the Premier League.

Here we analyse the chances of Zlatan joining the Premier League's biggest sides.


Arsenal have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich front-man Robert Lewandowski, with reports that Arsene Wenger is determined to build a squad to win the title next season, following this season's failure to do so.

However, the Pole is valued at £50 million, so could they turn to the 34-year-old Swede instead?

He would certainly fit the bill in terms of the striker the fans have wanted to see join for several seasons now.

He would give Arsenal a target man to work with; his heading is a fine asset and one that would trouble Premier League defences week in and week out.

His partnership with Edinson Cavani shows that he has the potential to be a team player, possibly lining up in a 4-3-3 with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

This move is one of the least likely on the list but still a possibility.


With Diego Costa's future in doubt and Pedro inconsistent this season, Chelsea need a star striker to ease fans' concerns after an extremely disappointing defence of the Premier League title.

Ibrahimovic fits that criteria perfectly and would give Chelsea fans optimism ahead of the new campaign.

It is possible that Costa and Ibrahimovic could partner together, however they are both similar players, limiting Chelsea's style of play.

Another potential stumbling block is the Swede's wages, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Costa, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois already likely to be on big money at Stamford Bridge.

If Costa leaves and one or two other star players are sold, do not be surprised if Chelsea are able to tempt the controversial striker to move to south London.

Manchester City

With Pep Guardiola arriving at the Etihad Stadium this summer, there is expected to be a squad overhaul.

The likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Alex Kolarov and Wilfried Bony are all expected to exit, with star names coming in.

And there are few bigger or more charismatic than Ibrahimovic. A partnership with Sergio Aguero could become one of the most explosive and successful in world football.

It would send out a huge statement of intent ahead of the new season if City could capture the 6ft 5" striker.

One major problem here is the relationship between Guardiola and Ibra. Back at Barcelona, the two were involved in several dressing room confrontations, leading to a loan move to Milan for the maverick forward.

If they could somehow put the past behind them, then we could potentially see Aguero and Ibrahimovic in attack at the Etihad next season.

Manchester United

The Red Devils have endured another underwhelming campaign under Dutchman Louis van Gaal, with Champions League qualification eluding them for the second time in three seasons.

There is no doubt that Manchester United need to invest heavily in the squad, despite spending over £250m already in Van Gaal's time at the club.

Ibrahimovic could be the man they need to spearhead a successful campaign, and help United return to the top of the domestic and European game.

However, it has been reported that the striker won't move to Old Trafford if Van Gaal remains in charge ahead of next season. He has not said he will definitely join if Jose Mourinho comes to Old Trafford, but it appears that it could strengthen the chances of him doing so.

Wherever the Swede goes, having a player of his calibre in England is only going to benefit the Premier League as a whole.

A move isn't expected to materialise before Euro 2016, but expect the rumours to be in full swing after the tournament, as top names chase the star players needed to strengthen their squads for next season.

Who should Zlatan Ibrahimovic sign for this summer? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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