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Zlatan leaves Milan for lucrative deal in Paris

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed with French club Paris Saint Germain, a team official said on Tuesday, in a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in France's top football league

Zlatan leaves Milan for lucrative deal in Paris

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.

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.

AFP/The Local

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IBRAHIMOVIC

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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