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The hottest free agent this coming summer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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The Paris Saint Germain striker is in the final few months of his contract. One last move to a big European club remains in Zlatan’s storied career.

Pep Guardiola and Chinese Super League Clubs, with their billions, were the key stories of a rather subdued January transfer window. Looking deeper it was rather surprising that no club went after a numbers of marque – if slightly older – players who were on the last legs of their contracts. These include Wojciech Szczesny, Gregory van der Wiel, Hatem Ben Arfa, Michael Carrick, Joel Matip, Fernando Torres and Exequiel Lavezzi.

The standout name though is that of Lavezzi’s Paris Saint Germain teammate and football’s most quotable superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Having played for a whole host of clubs – Ajax, Juventus and the two Milan’s in Italy, Barcelona and now PSG – the Sweden striker has probably one last move to a European giant left in him at 34. One can only hope that the Premier League is fortunate to be graced with Zlatan’s presence.

Having famously refused a trial at Arsenal (Zlatan doesn’t do trials, did you not know!) before the millennium, the Gunners still seek the Swede to solve their perennial striker shortage. Manchester United are making overtures to Zlatan as well and if Jose Mourinho takes over as manager in the summer, it would seem likely that the former Inter Milan duo would be reunited. Remember Brazilian striker Adriano? He was Zlatan’s strike partner at Inter. Wonder what happened to him?

Back to Zlatan however, there is a very real possibility that he will extend his contract at PSG by another year or two and then head to the MLS or Malmo to wind up his career. Despite the Premier League’s global reach, it would seem that his best bet of winning the elusive UEFA Champions League would be at PSG itself. If PSG don’t win the Champions League this year, expect him to stay while the Premier League laments missing out on one of this generations most feared strikers.

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