Zlatan Ibrahimović sparked a flurry of rumours when Manchester United announced that he was released from the club following the end of his 1 year contract. Milan were one of the clubs interested, but quickly ruled out the transfer after the striker’s wage demands.
Ibrahimović is a name that needs no introduction to Milanisti, or indeed anyone that watches football. A prolific journeyman, he spent two years playing for the Rossoneri from 2010 to 2012. During that time, he found the net 56 times in the 86 games he amassed for Milan.
It came, of course, as no surprise that Milan were interested in the possibility of the Swedish captain returning to Milan for an emotional swan song to his storied playing career. Even at the age of 36, he is still seen as a dangerous target man capable of providing tremendous value to any team. Indeed, he scored 28 goals in 46 games last season for Manchester United, even though he was ruled out for the final part of the season due to serious ligament damage.
Alas, Manchester United manager José Mourinho deemed the forward surplus to requirements, and have decided to not exercise a possible 1 year extension on Ibrahimović’s 1 season deal. It has been announced by the Premier League that the Swede will be released by the club following the end of his contract on 30th June 2017, however neither club nor player have confirmed the departure.
This led to a cacophony of rumours speculating the next destination of the controversial striker. According to La Gazetta dello Sport, Milan were in discussions to bring the player back to his favoured Italian club. Ibrahimović’s high salary, however, has discourage Milan Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli from making an attempt to take the top-class striker back to Milan. Ibrahimović has been reportedly making €12 million per annual at the Mancunian club, a wage demand that Milan are not willing to meet.