Ibrahimovic not going to AC Milan, says agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has all but ruled out any hope AC Milan have of prising the Swedish forward from Barcelona, claiming on Monday he was "99.9 percent" sure Ibrahimovic will stay in Spain.

Ibrahimovic not going to AC Milan, says agent
Ibrahimovic trains with the Swedish national team against Scotland on August 10

Mino Railoa spoke to Sky Sport 24 in response to Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani’s previous assertion that he was still hopeful of signing the former Inter Milan fan favourite.

“Ibra is very happy about the interest from Milan and other teams but Barcelona won’t sell him, (coach Pep) Guardiola doesn’t want to sell him,

hence I think such a deal is impossible,” said Raiola. “Barcelona don’t want him to leave and 99.9 percent sure he will stay in Spain.”

However, speculation grew about Ibrahimovic’s future when Guardiola left him on the bench for the Spanish Supercup, picking new signing David Villa instead. However, Raiola said nothing should be read into that.

“In a big club no-one has a guaranteed place, Zlatan is used to fighting, but newspapers want to make a mountain out of a molehill. “He wants to stay and fight, Guardiola doesn’t want to sell him and he’s the boss.”

Galliani had earlier insisted the seven-time European champions were interested in bringing the 28-year-old back to Italy.

“We will try, even if it’s difficult,” he said.

However, Galliani claimed he has faith in the team even if there are no new additions.

“I don’t want to talk about technical or tactical aspects, the team seems in good shape, we’ll see at the start of the championship, I’m quite optimistic,” he added.

Milan lost on penalties to Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Sunday

night following a 0-0 draw.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.