Swedish Journalist Olof Lundh believes it’s “pretty likely” that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make a switch to London at the end of the season, which suggests the giant Swede will be with Arsenal or Chelsea in 2016/17.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lundh suggested that due to the problems David Beckham is having in Miami, Ibrahimovic has delayed a move to the US. He favours a move to the Premier League instead, with London a real draw for him too.
“It is pretty likely [that he’ll move to the Premier League]. In the beginning he preferred to go to the US with Miami but since David Beckham has had some problems getting the stadium ready and it’s not ready until 2018,” he said.
“I think he is looking to play in Europe at the top level and, of course, the Premier League is interesting for him. I think he would like to live in London. Whether that would be Chelsea, Arsenal or maybe even West Ham, we will see.”
West Ham obviously seems like it would be out of the question, as regardless of their form this season, it’s difficult to see them not only attracting the 34-year-old’s attention, but also meeting his financial demands.
Financially you could argue that we’re in the same boat, but perhaps exceptions will be made for a player the quality of Ibrahimovic and our wage structure will be smashed.
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That said though, Chelsea – the one team who could easily afford his wages if they wanted – won’t have Champions League football next season, and with very few years left at the highest level that could be key for the PSG striker.
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If it’s true that he does really want a move to London then Arsenal seems his only option, so it would then just remain to be seen whether Arsene Wenger would be willing to bring him to the Emirates. He’s a notoriously volatile character with an ego the size of a house, and Wenger has worked hard to get the team to gel the way they do.