European powerhouse set to offer Ibrahimovic a return to the big time

Date published: Wednesday 23rd October 2019 3:40 - Steve Pearson

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set for a shock return to Europe after it emerged the six-foot-five megastar is a target for Serie A heavyweight Napoli.

Ibrahimovic has spent the last two years Stateside with LA Galaxy where the towering Swede holds a near goal-per-game ratio with 52 goals coming in 57 appearances.

His time in America has seen the 38-year-old dazzle crowds with spectacular goal after spectacular goal, and his fiery comments in his feud with fellow MLS marksman Carlos Vela have filled column inches across America.

The ex-Man Utd striker will become a free agent in January and has made clear his desire to test himself once more in one of Europe’s top leagues.

A return to Serie A would seem the best fit for Ibrahimovic, with the more sedate pace of play suiting the ageing legs of the man who made his first-team debut in the previous century.

Now, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ‘said he would be interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the final decision lies with the player’ (via ESPN).



Speaking to TV Luna ahead of their crunch clash with Red Bull Salzburg, De Laurentiis said: “He is a friend.

“I met him, not as a footballer, but as a normal person in Los Angeles because we shared the same hotel. I invited him to dinner with his wife and children and we had a great night.

“On the pitch, he seems like one type of person, but really he is completely different. My desire would be to see in our jersey. It’s more than just a suggestion, but it’s up to him. It has been spoken about for a few months.”


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