Reports: Optimism filters regarding Ibrahimovic’s stay as Pioli makes renewal request

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could retain the services of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic into next season as he seems willing to accept a pay cut, a report claims.

It seemed almost certain that Ibrahimovic would be leaving at the end of the season, but the subsequent U-turn in the club’s plans regarding the arrival of Ralf Rangnick has seemingly reopened the door for the Swede to stay.

If before his renewal seemed impossible, now a glimmer of hope seems to be present. As il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive) notes, there are some tensions and aspects remain to be clarified with CEO Ivan Gazidis, but the possible stay of Stefano Pioli and Paolo Maldini may be another important factor in pushing Zlatan to stay.

There are still no negotiations as the player awaits a call from the club, but Ibrahimovic would be happy to stay at Milan. He has demanded clarity on future projects and also a significant salary, but compared to the initial request of around €6million net per year, he seems willing to accept a lower salary.

Elliott Management and Gazidis will have to weigh up the pros and cons of the operation, and while Pioli and Maldini may be important factors in the negotiation, they may not be enough.

Meanwhile SportMediaset (via MilanNews) are reporting that there is optimism regarding Ibrahimovic’s stay. During the meeting with Mino Raiola over Donnarumma’s extension, it is expected that there will be a positive response regarding the idea of keeping Ibra with Milan for at least another season. 

Pioli also asked for Zlatan’s stay during talks over his renewal, the report adds.

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