San Siro striker offered in return for either of two Etihad Stadium attackers.
Manchester City’s interest in AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is again sparking speculation of a move home for Mario Balotelli.
Balotelli has made no secret of his wish to one day pull on the Rossoneri shirt and Telelombardia says Ibra’s sudden disillusionment has sparked the prospect of a swap move.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is prepared to do a deal for the Swede, who admitted last week he had “grown tired of football”.
If City make their interest concrete, Galliani will attempt to strike a straight swap involving Edin Dzeko. However, if City refuse, he will demand a major cash component plus Balotelli be included for Milan to part with Ibrahimovic.
Roberto Mancini has apparently been tracking Zlatan Ibrahimovic since taking over at Man City and this offer from AC Milan may tempt the Italian to complete a deal to bring the Swede to the Etihad Stadium.
It was Mancini who brought Ibrahimovic from Juventus to Inter Milan back in 2006 and the pair has great success together at the San Siro where the Nerazzurri won back to back Serie A titles and the 30 year old towering forward hit 37 goals before the Italian left to take over at the City of Manchester stadium.
Clearly the offer that will appeal to the Premier League more would be the use of Mario Balotelli plus cash for the £30m rated AC Milan man, because Edin Dzeko is beginning to click into gear. The Bosnian international has struck six goals this season and is in fine form of late.
Any move to bring Ibrahimovic to the Etihad Stadium would of course first depend on Man City first selling Carlos Tevez to clear space in the squad as well as to balance the books. Unfortunately for Mancini, Massimiliano Allegri has no intention of taking the troubled former Man United and West Ham man in any swap deal.