How much! Eastlands outfit make actually have more money than sense?
According to reports, cash-rich City have sounded out the striker’s manager Mino Raiola over a four-year contract that would be worth an estimated £96million in total, or £24million per year.
Ibrahimovic is said to be unsettled at the Nou Camp after an inauspicious first season since the big-money swap deal that took Samuel Eto’o to Inter Milan.
And City – who are keen to add an out-and-out striker to their squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month – look set to flex their substantial financial muscle to nab their target.
Under normal circumstances, the Swede would not consider moving away from Barca.
However, the sheer size of the offer on the table could turn his head – especially as it will place him head and shoulders above every other player on the planet in terms of their football-related earnings.
Currently Ibrahimovic earns around 11million euros per year with Barca, who would be unable and unwilling to come close to the offer from City.
A source close to Ibrahimovic is quoted by the Sun as saying: “City have shown how much they want Zlatan and although he is well paid at Barcelona this offer is in a different league.
“It has given him plenty to think about.
“City have to agree a deal with Barcelona before this can go any further – but there’s a feeling that could all happen fairly quickly now.” (Metro)
Is it possible to have too much money? If this offer has indeed been made and Barcelona are willing to offload the Swede, perhaps in exchange for Robinho, then how could the 28 year old turn down such a deal? Even though the Eastlands club have seemingly limitless wealth, this deal would surely be practically impossible to justify in terms of what they could make from his inclusion in the team both in a footballing and marketing terms.