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Galatasaray confirms Elmander signing

Turkish club Galatasaray has confirmed the acquisition of Sweden striker Johan Elmander from English top-flight club Bolton.

Galatasaray confirms Elmander signing

The 29-year-old Elmander, who scored 10 goals for Bolton this season, will

receive an annual salary of €1.8 million (2.6 million).

Elmander moved to Bolton for a club record fee of £11 million ($18 million) in June 2008. While he hit a rich vein of form for a couple of months in the 2010-2011 season, it was insufficient for him to win a new contract at the Trotters.

Bolton finished the season in familiar fashion securing mid-stable stability while Elmander’s new club could finish only eighth in the Turkish league, missing out on a place in European competition next season.

Elmander could be the first of a slew of Swedish stars to move clubs during the summer, with Galatasaray also having been linked with midfielder Kim Källström, currently with French club Lyon.

The Local reported last week that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola had played down reports linking his client with a switch back to Spain’s La Liga.

Ibrahimovic only moved to AC Milan at the beginning of this season, following one year at Barcelona.

But reports have suggested his former Inter Milan coaches Jose Mourinho, now at Real, and Roberto Mancini, currently the Manchester City boss, are interested in renewing their professional association with the 29-year-old.

Raiola, though, says it’s possible Ibrahimovic will finish his career at Milan.

“I’m not ruling out the possibility that Milan will be Ibrahimovic’s last team,” he told Roman radio station Radio Radio.

But with a slew of top English clubs all announcing plans for major changes in personnel this summer, and Real Madrid keen to close the gap on Barcelona, speculation is set to remain rife that the tall Swede may find himself with a new home for next season.

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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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