Stamford Bridge boss attempting to persuade Swede to make move to west London.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has met with Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Miami to discuss a move to Stamford Bridge, Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo reports.
Ibrahimovic and Ancelotti are staying in the same holiday resort in Miami and whether that it is coincidence or not, Mundo Deportivo claims that they are discussing a possible move to Chelsea.
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.
With Barcelona having just signed Valencia hitman David Villa, speculation that Ibrahimovic will leave has intensified, with Manchester City also thought to be keen on signing the Swedish striker. However, Chelsea are thought to hold the upper hand, given the lure of Champions League football which City cannot offer.
Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti knows that although Chelsea won the Premier League title, the experience of a player like Ibrahimovic could be important in capturing the elusive Champions League. (IMScouting)
Well this would be one hell of a capture, but all the signs are pointing towards such a move being a distinct possibility as opposed to pure fiction. The 28 year old Barcelona man must have immediately questioned his future at the Nou Camp when David Villa was signed last month. The former Inter Milan man hasn’t exactly got the unquestioning support of the Catalan club’s fans, even though he had a pretty decent first season at the club, helping them to the La Liga title.
The tall rangy forward would of course fit in well in Premier League surroundings and Ancelotti is known to be looking at bringing in new striking additions as he sees Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba as two players in the autumn of their careers, although Ibrahimovic is obviously not that much younger than the pair.
Pepe Guardiola may well opt to sell the Zlatan and may feel that now is the time to do it. He has a number of other attacking options coming through and may feel that the Swedish international makes the club play in a style he is not used to, but then clearly the Nou Camp boss would have known this a year ago when he went to the bother of bringing him in to replace Samuel Eto’o.
The Blues may well be able to lure the 6ft 5in man for a fee in the region of £35m and the Stamford Bridge boss is known to be a fan so watch this space!