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Zlatan leaves Milan for lucrative deal in Paris

17 Jul 2012, 20:53

Published: 17 Jul 2012 20:53 GMT+02:00

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Paris Saint Germain have signed AC Milan's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic subject to him passing a medical, the French club's sporting director Leonardo told AFP on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old - who has previously played for among others Barcelona and Juventus - will be paid a reported €15 million ($18.4 million) a year, making him the highest-paid player in Ligue 1, should he pass a medical on Wednesday morning.

He will then be officially unveiled at a press conference at on Wednesday afternoon.

Leonardo - a former player and coach of AC Milan - had finalized the deal with more talks on Tuesday after intensive negotiations last Thursday and Friday with the cash-strapped Italian giants willing to sell for the right price.

"We've reached agreement, the deal is done: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of our players, he'll write history for Paris Saint-Germain," Leonardo was quoted as saying by Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport on their website.

The Brazilian was quoted by L'Equipe as rejoicing at attracting "a player of real calibre", and by Parisien as a player who is able to "change everything".

It will take Qatari-owned PSG's spending to over €100 million ($122.7 million) in the close season and to around €173 million since Qatar Sport Investments (QSI) bought the historic club almost a year ago.

Ibrahimovic's arrival along with AC Milan defender Thiago Silva – who signed last week - comes at an estimated cost of between 70 and 80 million euros while they have also signed in the past couple of days young Italian defensive midfielder Marco Verratti from newly-promoted Serie A side Pescara for €11 million.

PSG - who will play in the Champions League next season after finishing second in the league last term - also shelled out a reported €30 million for Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli earlier this month.

Signing high profile players like Ibrahimovic will come as some relief to Leonardo who had seen earlier efforts to sign Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Argentinian Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) and another Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) come to nothing.

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The fees being paid out and the salaries being promised have provoked some disgust in France with former Minister for Sports Roselyne Bachelot expressing her 'indignation, almost disgust' on French TV on Tuesday.

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Your comments about this article

22:48 July 17, 2012 by Smokebox
Great! Now they will show all the French league games on tv???
03:16 July 18, 2012 by Russel Dalrimple
next stop: China!

still no hint of him playing in england eh?... what does that tell you, svens?
05:35 July 18, 2012 by Eric1
"Lucrative deal"? With 75% tax rate in France, it's only lucrative for the greedy socialist.
08:32 July 18, 2012 by Frank Arbach
......so more chance of 'Ibra' winning glory with PSG...?

Or else is it another case of "I'm not used to winning nothing"...?
09:34 July 18, 2012 by Rishonim
@The Local. Everybody knows Slatan is Swedish just like the billionaire Rausing. So how come you don't remind us of his nationality in your articles?
09:42 July 18, 2012 by DAVID T
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Swedish? Very Swedish sounding name
09:49 July 18, 2012 by Chloe Monroe
Born in Sweden, raised in Sweden, educated in Sweden and with a Swedish passport....I am fairly sure that makes him Swedish, don't you?
13:49 July 18, 2012 by EP
So now all the swedes will support PSG. How about some individuality for a change ... following the piper ...
15:13 July 18, 2012 by Jes
First , it was one Swedish expert saying : " --moving to France is a demotion for Zlatan .."

A week later , another Swedish expert decided :"..France will give Zlatan what Milan failed to give him .."

And Zlatan ? " ...... I will play only for Milan until I retire..... I want to win things ----"

Me ?

Zlatan is still an overrated player . PSG is a small club ; that is where he should be . I predict that he is going to make himself a name by collecting many many green , yellow and red cards.French football is full of hard players that are more tempermental than him.

There is no way he going to intimidate and dominate his opponents and team-mates like he used to do in Spain or Italy or Sweden.
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