Fenerbahce To Release Van Persie As Club Plan Shock Bid For Ibrahimovic

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after Sweden's 4-2 win in the friendly soccer match against England.

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Fenerbahce are set to make a shock attempt to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports in Turkey.

The Swedish striker has been released by United and is on the lookout for a new club, with several MLS and Chinese Super League clubs making their interest known.

However, according to Turkish sports news outlet AMKFenerbahce have enquired with Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola about the possibility of signing the marksman, and have prepared a lucrative contract offer in an attempt to lure him towards the club.

The report also mentions that the Yellow Canaries are set to release former Old Trafford cult hero Robin van Persie in order to free up the wage bill and create room for Ibrahimovic’s arrival. They are also currently trying to get back on the good side of FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and are currently under pressure for over spending.

Raiola has apparently told the Turkish giants that it would cost them a massive £8.8 million a season if they are to sign the 35-year-old Swede, and that could well mean the end of van Persie’s spell in the country.

The Dutch striker, now aged 33, joined the club from United back in 2015 alongside fellow ex-Red Devils star Luis Nani, and is adored by fans, but would have to say goodbye if the reports are true.

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Ibrahimovic signed for United last summer and enjoyed a good season in front of goal, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances. The Red Devils looked set to offer him a new contract until injury struck. A torn ACL kept him out for a majority of the latter half of last season and reports suggested he would only return by January.

However, he has vowed to be fit by November and has stepped up his recovery at United’s Carrington training base. According to the Daily Star, the Old Trafford hierarchy may decide to offer him a short term deal until the end of the season if he does make it back sooner than expected.


Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.


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