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Where next for Zlatan Ibrahimovic?: Premier League not an option, lucrative offers await

After Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed that he would be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer, speculation is rife over what his next move will be.

The 34-year-old has proven this season that he still has plenty left to offer at a high level, scoring 46 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions for the French champions.

With his contract set to expire and having now revealed that he will prepare for his last two games as a PSG player, it opens up the question as to where next for Ibra?

Manchester United

Having clashed with Louis van Gaal during their time together at Ajax, a move to Old Trafford depends on a managerial change.

United would arguably represent the best possible fit in England for Ibrahimovic given what he can bring and what would be around him in the squad, but it all hinges on Van Gaal’s exit this summer.

Arsenal

At 34 years of age, the former Barcelona and Inter star doesn’t fit the bill for the Gunners with Arsene Wenger traditionally focusing on younger players.

While his influence would immediately be felt at the Emirates, it’s unlikely that the French tactician will depart from his philosophy at this stage and spend big wages on a veteran.

Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s arrival coupled with the club’s ability to offer significant money to Ibrahimovic would make them a legitimate option.

However, with Diego Costa already in the squad as well as Chelsea possibly looking at building for the long-term, the Swede is probably ruled out of moving to west London.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola.

Leicester City

After their incredible achievement this season, Claudio Ranieri now needs to start thinking about building a squad capable of competing in the Premier League and Champions League next year.

Ibrahimovic’s experience and quality would be vital in that regard, but Ranieri has already insisted that he will not sign big names as he wants to protect the current atmosphere and mentality in the dressing room.

China/Qatar

The money that can be offered by clubs in both Qatar and China will always ensure that they are attractive propositions for any footballer.

However, Ibrahimovic is likely to factor in his family into his decision, and although a short stint on a lucrative deal would be appealing, it might not be enough to sacrifice other aspects of his life.

LA Galaxy

According to the LA Times, Galaxy are now in the running to sign Ibrahimovic and a move to MLS would make sense for various reasons.

As with many of his fellow veterans in Europe, a move Stateside is being seen as an ideal choice in the latter stages of an illustrious career. A good family set-up, a chance to enjoy the final years of his time on the pitch, perhaps Los Angeles would be the perfect destination.

AC Milan

“When I left Milan, it wasn’t my choice. I never wanted to leave,” Ibra told reporters in Italy last week, as noted by ESPN FC.

“I love Milan and in my view it’s the biggest club I ever played for. My exit from Milan is the past and this is the future, we’ll see what happens.

“Could my future also be my past? You never know, but we’ll see in a little while and then everyone will know.”

Ibrahimovic holds Milan, both the club and city, close to his heart, and with the Rossoneri in the midst of takeover talks and more than willing to bring the Swede back, a return to Serie A looks a real possibility.

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