Why Ibrahimovic may not be such an ideal signing for Manchester City

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Manchester City could target Paris Saint-Germain front man Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.

It’s an interesting possible deal when considering that Carlos Tevez, a similar high profile striker, is urging the club to talk to him over an extended contract which could keep him at the Etihad for the rest of his career.

The Swedish striker has a very big ego and likes to be the main man at any club he play for, which is one of the main reasons he was moved on from Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian giants AC Milan.

There is no doubt at all that City could pull the move off in a financial sense if their bid for Edinson Cavani fails, but it could do a lot more damage than it does good in the immediate future.

Tevez and Ibrahimovic are both egotistical players, that like to have a team based around their attacking role in the side.

It’s unlikely they will play together because both have a necessity to play as a sole striker, with other attacking players playing slightly off the front in wider positions.

That’s the first immediate problem Ibrahimovic will create for Roberto Mancini, because while they are both fit, they may never be able to play together in the same team and the same system.

You’ve also got to consider the dressing room effect which could be very damaging for the club.

Ibrahimovic’s need to be the main man at City would create mass conflict within the dressing room, splitting the squad into various groups which is not healthy for the side as they compete for silverware on all fronts.

That is very damaging to the younger players coming up in to the first team, as they will not benefit from the experience of both high profile strikers which immediately makes them a slightly lower quality player.

Then there is the rolling financial effect. Tevez is one of the best paid players at the club and if Ibrahimovic is signed before City offer Tevez a new deal, it could be disastrous for them in terms of the details of that contract.

Ibrahimovic would want a Yaya Toure style contract; well over £200,000 per week and a very long deal, possibly the last of his career.

Tevez’s representatives would then ask for parity or even a higher wage deal, which just keeps the snow ball rolling, getting bigger and bigger. That is not a healthy habit considering the Financial Fair Play Rules in European football and the cost control measures in the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic would be a fantastic signing for City, a striker who could score goals for fun in the side, but his mere presence seemingly creates more harm than it does good.

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