Ibrahimovic odds on to sign for AC Milan

Saturday saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic end his time in France in style by helping Paris Saint-Germain secure a second successive domestic treble. The Swedish international netted twice in the 4-2 win over Marseille in the final of the French Cup to take his tally for the season to 50 goals in all competitions. He may be 34 years old but Zlatan can still produce at a consistently high level and this summer his signature will be one of the most sought after in the world of football.

With the Swedish international set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, our tipster suggest he could return to AC Milan and play alongside with Mario Balotelli, and here are the Live Odd Comparisons:

The clear favorites to secure his services are Manchester United with NetBet offering them at just 1/3 (1.33) to be his next club. With Jose Mourinho looking likely to be the next boss at Old Trafford, a move to Manchester could see the striker link up once more with the Portuguese coach and the two enjoyed a good relationship at Inter Milan.

Of course both men have strong personalities and they did not always see eye to eye in Italy, yet there is a huge mutual respect there, and the blockbuster combination of Mourinho and Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford would certainly make for plenty of headlines.

United therefore are the clear favorites with not only the manager being a factor but also the status and financial power of the club. Yet should the former Barcelona man feel like Premier League football might be a little beyond him, the lure of the Californian sun might pull him towards the LA Galaxy.

The MLS side are next in the betting at 2/1 (3.00) and while they do not have the international stature of United, they would be able to offer Zlatan a healthy pay packet coupled with the glamour of life in Los Angeles. That move would likely require a significant pay cut given the MLS salary cap though, not to mention a lack of designated player spots at Galaxy given their current squad but the bookmakers are not writing off the possibility of such a switch.

There is then a huge jump in the market to the incongruous duo of AC Milan and West Ham who are both offered at 14/1 (15.00). Zlatan enjoyed some of the best years of his career at the San Siro first with Inter and then with Milan winning four Scudettos in total. A return to Inter in offered at 40/1 (41.00) while Italian champions Juventus are offered at 17/1 (18.00).

Elsewhere, Premier League runners up Arsenal are offered at 30/1 (31.00) while a romantic return for Zlatan to his first club Malmö can be backed at 70/1 71.00).

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Galliani: Ibrahimovic too expensive for Serie A

The Sweden international’s wage demands will prove a stumbling block for a potential return to the San Siro, the Rossoneri chief has admitted

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be too expensive to return to Serie A, but will not rule out a possible deal.

Sweden international Ibrahimovic will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season when his contract expires and reports have seen him linked with a move back to San Siro, as well as possible switches to the United States or the Premier League.

Galliani accepts that any attempt to sign Ibrahimovic – who set a new record of 38 goals in a single Ligue 1 season after scoring twice in PSG’s final league game against Nantes on Saturday – will be hampered by his wage demands.

But 71-year-old Galliani, who has been put under pressure by frustrated Milan fan groups in recent weeks, stopped short of ruling out Ibrahimovic’s return.

“Ibra has wages that are incompatible with the Italian market, but we’ll see,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“He is still very fond of Milan, but I more or less know that he has some offers from from Asia, America and Europe. We’ll see, we’ll see.”

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Galliani went on to stress that talks will be held with Liverpool over the future of Mario Balotelli.

The 25-year-old returned to San Siro on loan for the season but has scored just once in Serie A action during a campaign which has been blighted by injuries and poor form.

“At the moment, Balotelli is on a straight loan,” he said. “We’ll have the chance to talk about it with Liverpool and, once the season is over, we’ll see what needs to be done. 

“During the summer there will be plenty of chances to talk with Liverpool.”

Balotelli is a changed man, says Galliani

The former Manchester City striker was distraught at erring from the spot in an entertaining game on Sunday, and the Milan CEO praised his new attitude to the game

Mario Balotelli phoned Adriano Galliani to say sorry for his penalty miss immediately after AC Milan’s 3-3 home draw against struggling Frosinone, the club CEO has confirmed.

A thrilling Serie A encounter on Sunday saw Francesco Bardi save the striker’s penalty, while he later hit the crossbar in stoppage-time after Jeremy Menez had netted with a spot-kick of his own to rescue a point for Cristian Brocchi’s men at San Siro.

Balotelli is on-loan from Liverpool and bidding to win a permanent move to Milan, with Galliani believing the 25-year-old’s apology shows he is a changed man.

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“To give you an idea of how much Balotelli has changed, I will tell you that yesterday, 15 or 20 minutes after the game he called me and apologised for having missed the penalty,” Galliani told reporters.

“He was unlucky – he missed the penalty and hit the bar in the 94th minute.”

Balotelli has only scored once from 19 Serie A appearances in a season which has seen him struggle for fitness.

No Balotelli talks planned – Galliani

The Rossoneri chief executive insists there is no meeting scheduled with the Reds to discuss a potential transfer for the striker, conceding he has not yet done enough to impress

Mario Balotelli has not yet done enough to convince AC Milan to make his loan move from Liverpool permanent, according to the Rossoneri’s chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Balotelli has suffered from injury and a lack of form during his time at San Siro, scoring just once in 18 league games.

And with the Italy international likely to command a hefty price tag, and considerable wages, Milan have plenty to ponder at the end of the season.

Galliani told Premium Sport ahead of Monday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Verona – a match Balotelli missed through suspension: “We’ve never talked with Liverpool.

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“Leave us to finish the season. From May 22 onwards we’ll talk about the transfer market. There is no meeting scheduled with Liverpool.

“Mario has yet to win his chance to stay, he needs to do very well in the next four games.”

The defeat at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi was a significant setback in Milan’s bid to qualify for European competition next season.

Galliani added: “We have to defend sixth place to make sure we qualify for the Europa League, potentially improving our position by winning the Coppa Italia.

“Going directly into the [Europa League] group stage would mean a lot, that we could start playing in Europe in mid-September, do the American tour and so on.

“We have to put some distance between ourselves and Sassuolo, as they’re only a point behind.”

'Mandzukic, Balotelli, Diego Costa or Zlatan will be going to China'

The Chinese club’s physio gave a special look inside life at the Super League leaders, and affirmed that those in charge of the team were considering a blockbuster signing

The physiotherapist at Jiangsu Suning has revealed that the Chinese Super League sideare planning to bring a big-name striker to the club next season, with a world-class shortlist already planned. 

Croatian Zoran Rajcic was tempted to move east after a spell with Dinamo Zagreb, and currently works under former Romania international Dan Petrescu. 

And he affirmed that the Chinese club have big plans for the future, including the signing of one of four strikers currently starring in Europe’s top leagues. 

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“The Suning company that owns the club has global ambitions, it is planning to buy a 20 percent holding in Inter Milan,” he told Sportske Novosti

“Here is a snippet of information to show what they are going for. This summer we are going to get one of these four attackers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Diego Costa; Mario Balotelli or Mario Mandzukic. 

“Someone will have to go, without a doubt, but it will not be [Brazil-born Croatia international] Sammir, he is one of our key players and in the form of his life.”

Jiangsu currently lead the Chinese Super League, with four wins and a draw from their opening five fixtures.