Manchester City and Chelsea chasing PSG star Ibrahimovic

Manchester City and Chelsea are chasing Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Both sides are on the lookout for a high profile striker to lead their forward line next season and have identified the 31 year old Swedish star as their top target.

Ibrahimovic is reportedly unhappy with his new Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc over the signing of Edinson Cavani with the Premier League link coming just 24 hours after the Ligue 1 Champions finally completed the signing of sought-after Napoli striker for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.

That undisclosed sum is believed to be £54m and will ensure that the Uruguayan receives top-billing at the Parc des Princes next season.

Despite the mouth-watering prospect to be one part of the deadliest strike partnerships in European football Ibrahimovic, who is on a reported £11 a million with PSG, is set to turn his back on French football with England looking his most likely destination.

Given his salary and likely transfer fee there are just a few clubs in European football who could potentially afford the former Milan striker and with the player ruling out a move to Real Madrid, City and Chelsea would appear the most likely destination.

Both clubs are in the hunt for a striker after missing out on Cavani as well as Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski after the Polish striker indicated a preference to see out his time with the Champions League runners up.

Manchester City wants a new striker having sold Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to Italian clubs in the last six months leaving only Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as the only first team strikers on the books.

Meanwhile Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made a striker his priority although the signing of would Ibrahimovic would mean the departure of either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba especially as youngster Romelu Lukaku is set for a first team role at Stamford Bridge this season.

A summer departure for Ibrahimovic has been on the cards since PSG began their ultimately successful pursuit of Cavani but it has gathered pace following comments from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“He won’t play with Cavani,” De Laurentiis said at the official presenting of Napoli’s new coach, Rafael Benitez, to the media. “He’s already been promised to other horizons.”

Ibrahimovic has played and won titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and now France donning the shirts of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus in a stunning career that shows no sign of slowing down despite entering the latter years of his career.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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