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Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic

Premier League football club Manchester City has offered Barcelona and Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic around 5.5 million kronor ($745,000) per week to swap the Camp Nou for England's north-west, according to a report in UK newspaper The Sun.

Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic

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.

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.

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IBRAHIMOVIC

Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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