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Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 13 Aug 2010, 11:56

Published: 13 Aug 2010 11:56 GMT+02:00

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The audacious bid to prize the striker away from the Catalans would make him by far the highest paid football star in the world, far in excess of the 110 million kronor he currently receives.

The purported salary would also be more than double the current highest paid player, Christian Ronaldo, who receives the equivalent of 130 million kronor per annum from Real Madrid.

The Sun writes that the offer is included in a four year contract which has been forwarded to Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola.

"City have shown how much they want Zlatan and although he is well paid at Barcelona this offer is in a different league," said a unnamed source, reported to be close to the player, to the newspaper.

Ibrahimovic enjoyed a mixed first season at the Spanish champions. Despite scoring almost a goal every other game overall, he underwent a barren patch in the spring and ended the season as a regular on the substitutes bench.

Man City spent large sums of money in 2008 and 2009, after being taken over by the oil-rich Abu Dhabi United Group, in a bid to win their first major trophy since the League Cup in 1976. The club has once again been one of the busiest clubs during the 2010 summer transfer window.

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But with a bulging squad of highly paid stars the club is reported to be looking to offload a few deadweights before the transfer window closes at the end of August to meet new Premier League rules limiting squads to 25 players.

The Sun reports that disenchanted Brazilian ace Robinho might be offered as a sweetener in the deal to encourage Barcelona to offload their Swedish star.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:32 August 13, 2010 by Elias06
This guy has the best agent in the world: this season in nou camp he was sometimes unable to make a simple pass or a simple ball control.with his salary in barcelona He was better paid than Iniesta Xavi (he doent have 10% of their talent) and now man city wants to make him earn the highest salary of the world , more than the salaries of ronaldo and messi togetter more than 25 million euros.

i dont know what are his assets in football, the tattoos probably...
13:47 August 13, 2010 by vicarno
What kind of heading is this. I thought it should be Manchester City Offered Ibrahimovic Millions. This is not the first time I noticed error in Thelocal headings
13:54 August 13, 2010 by Jes
This must be the 12th time Ibrahim has been "offered millions"

His agent is a con-man who creates these kind of stories to improve his mans billing . Barca bought the bfuff , one wonders if MCity can fall for the same trick.
14:28 August 13, 2010 by Byggare Bob

Although as a headline it can, as you say, be understood to mean a couple of things, grammatically it is fine. It is possessive just without the apostrophe.
16:04 August 13, 2010 by Jannik
Funny how so many clubs are ready to offer millions to this overrated jerk.
16:39 August 13, 2010 by sergisr
I'm glad to read about the *Catalans*. I think this is the first time I read a newspaper with such a sensibility towards my nation. Tack!
17:31 August 13, 2010 by Jes
Oh the news !

Barca is ready to drop off this lazy over-paid man somewhere is a crowded market , with a new tatoo : "PASSA PÅ" right on his forehead . Anyone interested can take him home .
18:14 August 13, 2010 by wifey
Is he single???? :-D
19:22 August 13, 2010 by grantike
another publicity stunt by the sun and Mino Raiola .who reads sun news we know them i do not believe any crap of this news .if man city do pay that , believe me premier league will introduce salary cap like they do in the NBA.5m that will never happen.this guy is just an average striker who sits on the bench.how many goals did he score last season.super overrated striker .maybe city could make money by image right and merchandise (jersey)hahahah maybe !!!!!!!
22:20 August 13, 2010 by wxman
"Ibrahim"ovic and "Abu Dhabi" United Group? Interesting.
23:10 August 13, 2010 by Dagem Hailemariam
God you all are idiots...the guy has talent! Obviously he has value...the only player in La Liga history to start his first 5 league games with at least one goal! Too many haters in the world...Too many haters who read the local...Too many haters period!!!
23:48 August 13, 2010 by blondelover
wayne rooney is the best soccer player in the world
03:23 August 14, 2010 by volvoman9

Yeah, Wayne just demonstrated that this summer in S Afrika. Ibrahimovich is really great but there are so many great players in the sport and the salaries are getting absurd. This madness will ruin the beautiful game.
12:49 August 14, 2010 by grantike
@Dagem Hailemariam

obviously talent indeed .this days you need talent to do every single.talented singer,talented song writer.talented footballer.talented genius.talented doctor,talented teacher.talented thelocal editor.talented reader.talented politician.talented student,talented bike rider,talented bus driver.talented roadside walker.

i have nothing against this i watched five of Barcelona home games last season but 5 million he didnt worth it.

ohh less i forget TALENTED INDEED
16:25 August 14, 2010 by Attestupa
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the headline, unless you quibble about whether Man City should be regarded as singular in which case it would read "Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic"
17:58 August 15, 2010 by sherkovic
money cant buy success. With all the money in the world and after spending more than 100 million pounds City lost 3 out of 4 pre-season games.

Players like Yaya Toure and David Silva were make look ordinary on their BPL debut by a well organized yet mediocre Spurs team. Though the game ended in a goalless draw but Spurs were by a far margin a better team.
18:03 August 15, 2010 by kenny8076
volvo man your worried about salary's damaging the game? lol how about the pathetic diving EVERY player does if someone even runs by them too fast! after watching the world cup the Americans not embracing that "sport" is much appreciated.

Reply after reply was just embarrassing flops and diving....... how can so many people love this game? Is it because in most other country's in the world it is the only sport? Are fans at all pissed that everyone goes to the ground screaming bloody murder holding the typical ankle, yet the replay will show the contact was missed by about 4 inches every time?

I think this payment is acceptable, i mean thats what they make in Hollywood........ and these actors on the field are no different in my opinion
12:06 August 16, 2010 by stupr
Firstly, let me point out to anyone who is not aware of The Sun newspaper - it was made famous for the fact it features a topless model on page 3, within every edition. So this might highlight the reliability of some of it's 'stories'. I am not saying this could not be true, however until I hear it from another source I would not get your knickers in a twist just yet.

Secondly, rather than comment on the value that has apparently been attached to Zlatan......oh why not, just a small comment then - he isn't worth that much, this is obvious. While I agree he is not as bad as some of these comments make out, and I would still concider him a great buy, he is not worth that much, NO ONE IS. This is my real point, I do not believe anyone should be paid that much. I still don't quite believe this story, however for argument sake if it is true then something needs to be done about wages within football. It is too much. I think players are already paid too much in many leagues, especially the Premiership, as well as the hike in ticket prices over the last 5 years.
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