Reports surfaced on Monday that AC Milan is eager to sign 37-year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a six-month deal with a year-long extension. Milan is hoping Zlatan can help them fight their way into the Champions League.
After making the move across the water to the MLS earlier this year, it looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic could possibly be heading back to Europe.
After being linked to a move back to Manchester United last month, AC Milan has now shown serious interest in acquiring the Swede on a deal that would bring him back to his former club. He spent 2010 to 2012 in Milan, scoring an impressive 56 goals in just 85 appearances. He’s also voiced in the past that Milan was one of his favorite cities to play in.
Ibrahimovic was hands down the best player in the entire MLS this season, scoring 22 times and adding 10 assists in just 27 appearances. The Galaxy fell just points short of the playoffs after losing to Houston on MLS decision day. His impact for the Galaxy was surely felt though, and there’s no doubt he can still be a wonderful player in Europe once again.
Milan is currently playing in Europa league competition but is hoping if they can string together a deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he will help them qualify for Champions League play.
Ibrahimovic has made it clear that he’s happy with his MLS move where he’s the star attraction every game, and that he will only consider a move back to AC Milan if there was an 18-month deal on the table. He’s very familiar playing in the Serie A, having played stints with both Juventus and Inter Milan in the mid-2000s as well. Zlatan has scored 122 goals in Seria A play in his career.
Milan wants to bring him in to help mentor their young striker Patrick Cutrone who’s shown a lot of promise up front. Having a player with experience by his side like Zlatan could really help Cutrone become much better at his position. Add in Gonzalo Higuain on the attack as well and Milan could have three very deadly strikers.
It will be interesting to see if Milan does offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic the 18-month deal that he wants, or if he will end up settling for the current deal that’s on the table.
If they are fully invested in what he can do for the club though, they should definitely try to negotiate a deal from both sides.