Old Trafford boss linked with move for Nou Camp giant.
With David Villa having signed for Barcelona, Spanish daily ‘Sport’ claims that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be sold for around 50 million Euros to either Manchester United or Manchester City .
Villa’s move to the Nou Camp from Valencia was confirmed yesterday and the striker is expected to be an automatic first choice striker at the Nou Camp, having consistently been one of Spain’s top scorers over the past few seasons.
The move brings into question the future of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona. On paper, Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a good first season in Spain, scoring 20 goals in 41 appearances for Barcelona since his high profile move from Inter Milan last summer. However, his performances have been criticised by the notoriously harsh Spanish media.
‘Sport’ speculates that Ibrahimovic wants to stay and prove himself at Barcelona and that the club are happy for him to do so, unless they receive a bid of around 50 million Euros, with the Manchester clubs in prime position. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini knows Ibrahimovic well from his time at Inter Milan and is assumed to be looking to boost his attacking options. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson will likely look to add some firepower in order to relieve Wayne Rooney of the goalscoring burden at Manchester United .
Both sides are rumoured to be looking to offload strikers this summer, possibly making further room for Ibrahimovic. Dimitar Berbatov’s future at Manchester United has been in doubt for some time, while Craig Bellamy has been linked with an Eastlands exit as he apparently does not see eye to eye with Mancini. (IMScouting)
This was bound to happen. With David Villa making the move from Valencia to the Nou Camp, people were always likely to assume that Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be about to leave Barcelona. Thus far the former Inter Milan has had a decent season at the club, scoring 21 goals in 41 starts and helping the La Liga club to the title.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with a myriad of top notch forwards and he may well be after a new goalscorer to share Wayne Rooney’s burden. A move for the 28 year old giant striker may be a wise one but given the financial problems the club has, could they afford to make such a bid?
Manchester City are of course also linked with a move for Zlatan but that move seems unlikely, as does any move for the cream of European football, until Champions League football is secured by the Eastlands outfit. Will Pepe Guardiola really sell the Malmo born Barca player? Well its a possibility.
With the arrival of Villa it seems certain that Thierry Henry will leave the club and a move to MLS side New York Red Bulls is reportedly on the cards.
Do United fans think the club should attempt to capture the Barcelona ace?