Milan director Paolo Maldini confirms there is ‘optimism’ regarding Ibrahimovic’s renewal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has insisted there is ‘always optimism’ regarding the renewal of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede was not at Milanello on Monday to undergo his COVID-19 test ahead of Tuesday’s return to training because even more time is needed to find an agreement on the renewal, in what is becoming a long and drawn out saga.

Multiple sources are reporting how the Rossoneri are hoping that the 38-year-old will drop from his request of €7million net for a new one-year deal.

The current offer on the table from Milan is believed to be around €6million including bonuses, meaning the distance between offer and demand is not so great, but still enough to mean that the 38-year-old will likely miss the start of preseason.

Paolo Maldini was intercepted by Sky Italia outside a well-known hotel in the centre of Milano, and spoke about the future of Ibrahimovic.

“Is there optimism for Ibra? Always optimism,” he said (via MilanNews).

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