Milan are waiting for Zlatan Ibrahimović to make up his mind and in the meantime he gave some quotes to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Milan want to add experience and quality to the squad in the January transfer market, and their number one target is 38-year-old free-agent Ibrahimović.
The financial gaps are still there between the sides, as Milan would like to pay hum €6m for a year and a half (€2m + €4m), while he demands €9m (€3m + €6m), according to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolò Schira.
Alessandra Gozzini and Francesco Velluzzi of La Gazzetta dello Sport reported some comments from Ibra in today’s edition of the newspaper, in which the Big Swede seems to open the door to a return to Milan. “Milano is my second home. Milano is not my second city, it is my second home,” he is quoted as saying. “I have wonderful memories and one of the people I trust the most lives there.”
Zlatan has many friends in Milano, in particular he’s remained linked to Gianfranco Sacchi, the former CEO of Dsquared² and to real estate developer Federico Consolandi. “Italy itself is my second home. I love Italians and their genius. My heart never left your country. I can play at my levels up to 50 years of age. If there is a project that stimulates me that I can absolutely do it. I’ve just finished the Los Angeles experience. It was fantastic, it will remain indelible in my memories. I wanted this adventure. And now there are two heroes of two worlds; myself and Giuseppe Garibaldi.”
Gazzetta reports Ibra would like to be able to control his own fate and be given the option to choose in the summer whether he wants to extend his contract for another year or not. Elliott are believed to be ready for these terms and consider Ibra the exception to the rule of focusing on youth. Milan are waiting for the answer of Ibra the silence is not being interpreted in a positive way at Casa Milan.
Bologna are also interested in the services of Ibra and their sponsors Macron are said to be ready to invest in order to see Zlatan at Emilia-Romagna. Zlatan has strong ties to Siniša Mihajlović: “I talk a lot to Siniša. He is my friend, an exceptional person and a unique man,” Ibra said.
While making up his mind regarding football, Ibrahimović is also taking steps in the business world. He has acquired the shares of Hammarby, a Stockholm football club. Before that, he became a partner of ‘Mind The Gum’, a company created by brothers Giorgio and Carlo Pautrie, who produces chewing gum for the brain: “I like that everything starts from the brain. You cannot become a good manager, a good sportsman or a good entrepreneur if you are not quick to understand risks and opportunities.”
On the decision on his next club, Ibra makes it clear that “I love to choose, not to be chosen. I didn’t become an entrepreneur. I was born one and became a footballer.”