Arsenal are not looking to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic “at the moment”, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Swedish international will see his contract with the Ligue 1 champions expire at the end of the season, with speculation rife over where he will move to next.
Although staying in Paris remains an option, it appears as though he is keeping all avenues open for the time being with the Premier League being one of the more prominent options on the table.
Arsenal famously snubbed a young Ibrahimovic after he refused to take part in a trial match, and Wenger is seemingly not too keen on the idea of signing the Swede right now either.
“At the moment no we are not on that case,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports. “Where we are at the moment is short term. We are not on Zlatan’s case.
“At the moment my priority is not to go in the transfer market about possible signings. We are not at the moment thinking of signing anybody.”
It is arguably no surprise that Wenger has distanced himself from a move for the 34-year-old, with the Gunners have a long-standing strategy of signing younger players and developing their talent.
Furthermore, the French tactician hasn’t been in a rush to offer his veterans long-term deals, which suggests that a move for Ibrahimovic this summer is highly unlikely given that he will turn 35 later this year.
Nevertheless, provided that he remains in the job beyond this season, Wenger will be under pressure to add experience, leadership and a winning mentality to his side ahead of next season.
The north London giants look as though they will end the year without any silverware, having fallen short in all competitions with 11 points separating them and Premier League leaders Leicester City.
In turn, a move for someone of the ilk of Ibrahimovic would seem like a wise move, and the former AC Milan, Inter and Juventus star will undoubtedly demand plenty of attention from around the world if he fails to sign an extension with PSG.