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Expensive Flop Heading to Italy?

On the day in which Sky Sports launches its tedious news channel in high definition, it is hard to imagine how standard transfer fodder could be considered relevant in the minds of literally anyone. However, we must trundle on all the same, and so I bring to you the news that Zlatan Ibrahimović has today been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.

Just one year on from his big money move (valued at €69million, making him the second most expensive player ever) AC Milan have made enquiries about bringing the Swedish striker to Serie A.

With the signing of goal-scorer supreme David Villa over the summer, Ibrahimović’s role in the first team has been called into question. Towards the end of last season, in which Barca won a second consecutive La Liga title, Ibrahimović was dropped in favour of youth system prodigy Bojan.

Despite a respectable return of 16 La Liga goals in 29 games, the striker’s form was fairly inconsistent, and it is questionable whether or not he fits into Barca’s system. Pep Guardiola’s management style is hardly in tune with some of the tinkermen we see in the Premiership, and it’s hard to imagine Ibrahimović happily sitting on the bench all season

Ibrahimović was left out of the squad that won the Spanish Super Cup over the weekend, although Guardiola has claimed that this was down to “sporting reasons”.

AC Milan’s vice-president, Adriano Galliani, has claimed that talks are “officially open”, but recognised that any deal is a long way off and that it would be difficult to bring him to Italy. Ibrahimović’s agent, Mino Raiola, has played down talks of a move away, stating that “Zlatan is used to fighting for his place, there are no problems”. I’m not sure, however, that I’d agree with either of those statements.

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