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Barça pursuing sale of Ibrahimovic to AC Milan

Barcelona still hopes to sell out-of-favour Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan despite denials by his agent, Spanish sports newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Barça pursuing sale of Ibrahimovic to AC Milan

Reports said a meeting to discuss the transfer is scheduled for Wednesday in Barcelona between the club’s chairman, Sandro Rosell, and AC Milan’s deputy chairman, Adriano Galliani.

The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, said on Monday it was “99.9 percent” certain that he would stay in Spain. However, Barça coach Pep Guardiola appears keen to offload the 1.95-metre forward, sports daily Marca reported.

He left him out of the starting lineup for the Spanish Supercup against

Sevilla over the weekend in favour of David Villa, who was signed in May and shone at the World Cup.

Catalan newspapers Sport and Mundo Deportivo said the sale looked likely

despite Milan’s reluctance to pay the 12 million euros a year the 28-year-old

receives at Barça. Any deal could also involve the transfer to Barcelona of Milan striker Marco Boriello, the newspapers said.

Ibrahimovic was transfered from Inter Milan in July last year in a deal that saw Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o move the other way and the Italian side

receive €46 million ($58.11 million).

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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.
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