Swedish soccer great Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a remarkably great three and a half years at Paris Saint Germain, helping to usher the football club into its golden age. Indeed, since coming to France in 2012, Ibrahimovic has played a big role in three Ligue 1 titles, three Trophee des Champions wins, two Coupe de la Ligue victories, and one Coupe de France. And despite the fact that his senior career is currently in its 17th season, Ibrahimovic has hit his own peak with PSG, scoring more than a hundred goals in three-and-a-third seasons.
However, despite the success he's found with the Parisians, Ibrahimovic seems bent to leave the football club behind at the end of the current season. Though he initially signed a three-year agreement with Paris Saint Germain, Zlatan extended his contract with the club in 2013. The extension will run out in summer 2016, leaving Ibrahimovic free to leave the French champions behind on a free transfer, so now is the perfect time to take a look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer gossip that is circulating.
Off to the Premier League
So where will Zlatan Ibrahimovic go now that he is ready to put a capper on his time at PSG? According to recent reports, the Swedish striker is eyeing a move to the Premier League-specifically to Arsenal.
It's not surprising that Zlatan would entertain a move to England. The 34-year-old star has covered a great deal of ground throughout his lengthy senior soccer career. He got his start in Sweden (Malmo FF), moved to the Netherlands (AFC Ajax), spent a lot of years in Italy (with Juventus, Internazionale, and AC Milan), and even did a one-season stint in Spain (Barcelona).
Following his time in France, the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga are the only major football leagues that Ibrahimovic has yet to conquer. Given the EPL's reputation for being the ultimate battlefield in the sport of football, it makes sense that Ibrahimovic (often known for a certain level of arrogance and ego) would want to test his skills on that battlefield before retiring.
Arsenal: In Need of Reinforcements
While there's a decent chance that Ibrahimovic will just play out his contract at PSG and then just depart next summer, it wouldn't be a huge shock if Arsenal manage to snag the Swedish forward during the winter transfer window. The Gunners are in dire need of reinforcements at the moment, with many of their best players-particularly offensive talents-currently sidelined with injuries.
Indeed, with Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, and Theo Walcott all sidelined, Arsenal have suffered several disappointing loses so far this season. Arsene Wenger and company are trying to keep things together, with the hopes of contending for the Premier League title for the first time in over a decade next summer. However, the growing injury list is leaving the Gunners shorthanded. Zlatan Ibrahimovic could give the soccer team the extra firepower they need to get back in the running, come January.
Paris Saint Germain might be eager to let someone sign Ibrahimovic during the winter transfer window, too. While the Swedish star is currently PSG's top scorer-ahead of another team standout, Edinson Cavani-the club also has such a massive lead in the Ligue 1 that they could probably go without him and still win the title. Since they could probably get a decent transfer fee for Zlatan in January, versus keeping him around and letting him walk out the door for free in June, the Parisians might opt to make a deal with Arsenal.
The one thing that might make it worth it for PSG to hold on to Ibrahimovic for a few more months is the Champions League. The Parisians have never won the Champions League before, let alone during their recent golden age. They might have a chance at victory with both Ibrahimovic and Cavani in the lineup but would probably dash those hopes by letting Zlatan leave in January. Last season, PSG reached the UCL quarterfinals, losing to eventual victors FC Barcelona.
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