Manchester City are in the market for another striker this summer following the sales of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez this year.
the sales of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez this year.
City were heavily linked with interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani who has just agreed a €63 million move to Paris Saint-Germain where Zlatan Ibrahimovic was formerly their big star striker.
Following the deal, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed the Swedish striker has been ‘promised’ a transfer by the Ligue 1 champions and insisted the two strikers were never intended to play together.
“Ibrahimovic will not play with Cavani, he has been promised a transfer,” De Laurentiis stated.
“He has already been promised to other shores.”
According to reports in the 31-year-old’s native Sweden, he has been promised a move away from the French capital and with City losing out on Cavani, the top quality options like the Uruguayan, along with Radamel Falcao who moved to AS Monaco, City’s options are becoming increasingly limited.
Ibrahimovic has won the Dutch Eredivisie title with Ajax, two back-to-back Serie A titles with Juventus and further three back-to-back with Inter Milan, the La Liga title with Barcelona, another Serie A title AC Milan and last season the Ligue 1 title with PSG. It is certainly possible the Swede could be interested in adding a Premier League title to his impressive CV.
Ibrahimovic scored an incredible 30 goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances for the French champions last term (35 in all competitions) and at a towering 6ft5” would be ideally suited to the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
The alternatives are perhaps Borussia Dortmund’s wantaway Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (although he seems to prefer a move to European champions Bayern Munich) or Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic who has been linked with City, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months.
Perhaps new City boss Manuel Pellegrini could be tempted to take a gamble on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who is eying a move away from Anfield and is a reported target of Arsenal’s.
City could also consider United’s Wayne Rooney if they really wanted to cause a stir – the 27-year-old who recently injured his hamstring in training handed in a transfer request in May according to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
In my estimation, if City want a genuinely world class striker who is guaranteed to score goals in any top league, is looking for a move and comes without the baggage of enemy associations or bitey racism, Zlatan Ibrahimovic would definitely be the wisest of choices for Manchester City.
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