Despite being sidelined due to a serious knee injury while playing for Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains the best player to be available on a free transfer at this moment.
His injury while playing against Anderlecht in quarterfinals of the Europa League was considered to be a career-ending one, considering the extent and the damage from the injury – tearing of the ACL.
Still undergoing rehab, the Swede’s stature is enough to attract interest from clubs all over the world, as Manchester United let him go at the end of the season. AC Milan, who were eyeing a sensational return for Zlatan, had to let go of the deal because of a mismatch in the wages they could accommodate for the player.
Within the one season he played in the Premier League, among a considerable list of leagues, he scored 28 goals and 8 assists till April, playing an astonishing 51 games for the Red Devils.
According to MilanNews, the Milan club tried to bring the 35-year-old to the San Siro, as their sporting director, Massimiliano Mirabella, was looking at a possible return. Unfortunately, the wage demands seemed to prove too much for the Rossoneri, who could only then back out of the deal.
The striker has had a strong and significant record with the Milanese club though – he had played 2 seasons with AC Milan, one on loan and the other on a permanent transfer. He was a regular starter for the legendary team which included the likes of Nesta, Seedorf, Pirlo, Inzaghi, and Ronaldinho, among others.
He scored 56 goals in over 70 games for them, and helped them seal their most recent Serie A title – and their 18th since the inception in his very first season.
The veteran forward is currently strongly linked with a move to the USA, where he would be playing in the MLS, with major bidders being LA Galaxy. Known for harboring among the best international talents from abroad, the Los Angeles club would not shy away from a contract despite his age or high wage demands.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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