Raiola invites Juventus to move for Ibrahimovic

The Sweden star’s agent has encouraged his former club to bid for him in the summer, pointing to Mario Balotelli’s AC Milan switch as proof that such a deal is possible

Mino Raiola has encouraged Juventus to make a summer move for Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic scored 26 times in 89 games for the Old Lady before leaving for Inter in 2006, and his representative has suggested that the Serie A champions would be wise to consider bringing back the 31-year-old as they look to challenge Europe’s elite once more.

“Six months ago [AC] Milan thought [Mario] Balotelli was impossible,” the 45-year-old, who also represents the Italian striker, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“But they made the right sacrifice at the right time and the dream became reality.

“It is evident that the Bianconeri need a top player. At the moment I think Zlatan can give them the most guarantees of success. His career shows that his professionalism and desire to fight at the highest level are always intact.

“It’s too early to get into these details,” he added when asked about the problem of the striker’s wages.

“I think at the moment only Juve and Milan, plus Inter, could think about a similar swoop.”

Ibrahimovic has scored 32 times in 40 games since moving to PSG from Milan for €20 million last July, and Raiola was critical of Rossoneri vice president Adriano Galliani for claiming he would rather see Thiago Silva return to the club than the Sweden star.

“Listening to Adriano Galliani, I had to smile,” he continued.

“He said he misses Thiago Silva more than Ibra. I understand he’s embarrassed and, with all due respect for the great defenders, Milan won their last Scudetto thanks to Ibrahimovic’s goals. If they lost last season, it certainly wasn’t his fault.

“In any case, Milan have bought Super Mario and I think he has resolved certain problems they had in attack.”

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