GdS: Government rule could see Ibrahimovic remain at Milan until 2022

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could end up staying at AC Milan in 2021-22 as well due to an important tax rule in Italy, according to a report.

Milan announced Ibrahimovic’s return via a statement on their official website on Friday, with the Swede having put pen to paper on a deal which will run until the end of the current campaign, but there is the option for a 12-month extension.

According to MilanNews.it though – who cite La Gazzetta dello Sport – one of the fundamental aspects behind the economic agreement is linked to the ‘Growth Decree’ scheme brought in by the government of current prime minister Giuseppe Conte.

The basis of this is that it provides important tax relief for workers (therefore also football players) who return to Italy after having left. 

Milan have forecast a gross expenditure of €12m for the next 18 months on Ibrahimovic’s contract, which will see €7.5m go back to the Swede and not €6m as it would be for ‘normal’ Italian workers. 

However, in order to ensure that these ‘tax bonuses’ are activated, the worker in question must remain in Italy for at least two years.

It is precisely for this reason Milan could renew his contract for 2021-22 as well, perhaps not as a player but in some kind of coaching, ambassadorial or even media role. 

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