West Ham have well and truly entered the race for Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, confirming they would be chasing his signature this summer, as reported by talkSPORT.
As the report suggests, the Swedish striker is out of contract at the end of the campaign. He’s been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and the Swedish media even suggest a move to London is almost certain (via Sky Sports).
He’s been most heavily linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, (via Sky Sports) although with the 34-year-old favouring a move to London that pretty much rules out United.
West Ham certainly seem to be an unlikely destination too, although that doesn’t seem to be stopping West Ham co-owner David Sullivan from trying his best.
“We have a list of about 10 strikers all over Europe, and most of our money will go into signing a striker,” Sullivan said.
“That is the plan for next season. I’d love Ibrahimovic from PSG, but whether he’d come to us I don’t know. I know he’s 34 but he’s a fantastic player.
“There are a number of top Premier League players we may be bidding for, top goalscorers, but I can’t name them. I can’t comment on players from other teams. The squad we have at West Ham now is the best we’ve had in six years, by a long, long way. We will be adding to that squad in the summer and hopefully we’ll be a bit better next year.”
Financially it seems like the Hammers would struggle to accommodate the former Barcelona star, and he will more than likely be looking for a team with a slightly higher profile. Their ability to secure Champions League football next season – a real possibility the way they’ve been playing recently – could play a part, but even then it looks a little far-fetched.
Chelsea are obviously in a far better financial situation, and could easily pay the enigmatic forward whatever he wants. They won’t be among Europe’s elite next season though, and that may be a massive issue for Ibrahimovic. He hasn’t got long left at the highest level, and until he decides on a switch to MLS or back to Malmo he’ll presumably want to be in the Champions League.
This really puts us in the driver’s seat, and if we want to sign the Swede then you have to imagine we could. We’ll have Champions League football, the financial power to pay his wages (even if Arsene Wenger would prefer not to), and at the moment we arguably look the best placed of the three to lift the title next season.
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If Ibrahimovic does make the switch to the Premier League, then Arsenal seems an incredibly likely destination.