Friday, 25th June 2010

Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Camp Nou over the last month. However, the signs from the Catalan capital now suggest coach Josep Guardiola would be perfectly happy for the Swede to form part of his squad next season.

According to Barcelona based daily Sport, the Camp Nou side were only willing to entertain the thought of Ibrahimovic’s departure for a fee of at least €50M. The main interested parties emerged as AC Milan and Manchester City, but with Milan unable to meet the €50M asking price and Manchester City unwilling and concerned about noises suggesting the Swede would veto a move to the North West of England in any case, neither of these deals got off the ground.

The feeling at Barcelona is now that Ibrahimovic should be continued with, especially as his opening season was not in any way as bad as has been widely suggested by the media. Offering Guardiola’s men another valuable option up front, it is looking more and more likely that the Swedish striker will begin next season with the Spanish champions.



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