Back to the San Siro for Swedish international.
AC Milan are set to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a season-long loan from Barcelona, the Italian club has announced.
Milan have agreed a provisional fee of €24m (£19.7m) to sign the 28-year-old outright next summer and the player has agreed terms on a four-year deal.
“We have agreed a deal for a season’s loan and then the right to buy,” Milan said in a statement.
“He will undergo a medical on Monday and sign a four-year contract.”
Ibrahimovic is thought to have a £216m buy-out clause in his contract but Barcelona have agreed to sell him for substantially less than the €66m (£54m) he was valued at when he joined from Inter Milan a year ago in a swap deal involving Samuel Eto’o, who moved in the opposite direction.
Despite scoring 21 goals in 41 games for Barca last season, Ibrahimovic largely failed to show the form that saw him named Serie A footballer of the year in his last two seasons at Inter. (BBC Sport)
The moment David Villa arrived at the Nou Camp there must have been an inkling Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be on his way out. Pepe Guardiola seems to have decided that his team will opt to play a different brand of football than the one that saw the giant forward as the focus of Barcelona’s play last term.
The 28 year old did not have a bad season at the club, scoring 21 goals and helping them to the La Liga crown could hardly constitute a failure, but now he is on his way back to Milan where he is sure to get a vocal response from AC fans who can’t stand his guts and Inter supporters who will wonder how he could sign for their arch enemies.
Ibrahimovic had a stunning time at the San Siro with the Nerazzurri, scoring 66 goals in three seasons, collecting a trio of Serie A titles in the process. New Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri will hope he can be a similar success in the Red and Black.