The Portuguese coach will return to Stamford Bridge next term but his work starts this summer in the transfer market as the Blues look to bring in a world-class frontman to spearhead their attack next term.
Ibrahimovic has stated he would consider leaving with the likelihood that Carlo Ancelotti will depart from the French capital this summer and the Italian is heavily linked with replacing Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Mourinho is now understood to be interested in bringing Ibrahimovic to Stamford Bridge. The pair have previous from their spells at Inter Milan before the Swedish striker was sold to Barcelona.
Mourinho opted to swap the centre-forward in a deal bringing Samuel Eto’o the other way. That Inter side went on to win the treble in 2009/10 under Mourinho whilst Ibrahimovic became ultimately an unpopular figure at the Camp Nou.
After a season on loan back at the San Siro – this time with AC Milan – Ibrahimovic signed for PSG in 2012 for around €20 million setting his combined transfer fees around €180 million in total – the most expensive player in the world by accumulation.
He has enjoyed playing his football in at the Parc des Princes – scoring 20 Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances under Ancelotti but could become an unlikely and rather peculiar target for his former coach Mourinho at Chelsea.
The striker left Mourinho’s Inter Milan under heavy scrutiny and their relationship is reported to have been shrouded in ‘animosity’ from both sides. According to his former teammate in Milan Marco Materazzi who claims Ibrahimovich ‘dumped’ Inter Milan.
“Ibra dumped us during a pre-season training camp in Los Angeles to join Barcelona,” he claims.
"He told Cristian Chivu: 'You won’t even win the Scudetto without me.’”
According to Materazzi, Mourinho responded with heated words.
“Mourinho confronted him and said: 'I want you to know that we’ll win everything without you.' That was exactly what happened."
Mourinho kept his word and they won the treble without Zlatan who never really cemented his status in Catalonia. It seems unlikely that Mourinho would now be chasing the player he had such ‘animosity’ with previously.
However, Mourinho isn’t so special in this case – Ibrahimovic also criticized former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and claimed that he and Mourinho were still on good terms.
"At Barcelona I understood how football and things can change so fast... my problem was one man, the 'philosopher' [Guardiola]," Ibrahimovic told Eurosport in 2011.
"If you don't have someone to motivate you then you don't want to fight, this is why there are coaches," he added.
"I would have killed for Mourinho, for the motivation he gave me and for how he used to stimulate me. With the other [Guardiola] there was football, but a coach must adapt his play to suit the players, especially after spending €70 million on one.”
Who knows what the future holds for Zlatan Ibrahimovic – if he opts to move anywhere I would expect he’ll follow Ancelotti to the Spanish capital. But you wouldn’t bet against a reunion with Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea do need a striker, after all.
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