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‘I have sold Zlatan’: AC Milan owner Berlusconi

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi told Italian media Thursday that he had sold Swedish football megastar Zlatan Ibrahimiovic to French club Paris Saint-Germain, however this has yet to be confirmed by the footballer’s agent.

'I have sold Zlatan': AC Milan owner Berlusconi

“There’s nothing to confirm,” said Zlatan’s agent Mino Raiola to the TT news agency on Thursday night.

This comes after a four hour long meeting with representatives of the French club, a meeting which Italian media claims was about Zlatan’s salary.

But later on Thursday night, Milan’s owner Silvio Berlusconi claimed to have indeed sold his star striker.

“I have sold Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. Through this we save 150 million euros ($183 million) over two years,” he said, according to the Gazetta dello Sport newspaper in Italy.

According to Expressen, Ibrahimovic’s agent will resume discussions with the French club on Friday morning in the hopes of coming to an quick agreement.

Expressen writes Zlatan himself is after 130 million euros per year, but that the French club has only offered 80 million per year, however Raiola denies that it’s all about the money.

“I think a lot of this is total bullshit. To say he’s just chasing money, it doesn’t work like that. It’s all about the market,” he told Expressen.

“Look at the world’s most expensive paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Scream. Some can just stand and look at the painting and look stupid, but PSG and Manchester City can afford to dream of these paintings.”

Neither of the clubs has come out with an official statement yet.

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Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism

The statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö has suffered its latest damage in a string of attacks by vandals.

Zlatan statue loses nose in latest Malmö vandalism
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

During Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday, the nose was sawed off the Zlatan statue and the effigy was also covered in silver paint, media including SVT report.

Since being unveiled in the presence of the world-famous footballer in October, the statue has been damaged on several occasions.

At the end of November, Zlatan announced his investment in rival team Hammarby, angering many fans of his hometown club Malmö FF.

READ ALSO: How Malmö fell out of love with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

December has already seen paint poured over the statue and a foot sawn off, with this weekend’s incident adding to the list of crunching tackles against the Zlatan statue.

Police said on Sunday they would investigate the latest instance of vandalism.

“We have not received any reports but have been informed that damage has been seen by the public. We will go out there and make observations this morning,” Katarina Rusin, a press spokesperson for the police in the southern Sweden region, told SVT.

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