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IBRAHIMOVIC SNUBS EPL CLUBS, AGREES MILAN DEAL

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a deal to join AC Milan, snubbing a potential return to the Premier League.

The 38-year-old has been on the hunt for a new club since departing LA Galaxy on a free transfer last month.

He spent two seasons in the MLS with Galaxy, scoring 53 goals in 58 games and reaching the Western Conference semi-finals.

And having decided not to extend his stay in America, reports suggest Ibrahimovic has attracted plenty of interest from a number of clubs in England.

According to reports, the former Manchester United front man is on his way back to the Italian outfit he played for from 2010-12.

The deal has been agreed in principle and he will have until at least the end of the season to help propel Milan up the Serie A table, with Stefano Poli’s side currently languishing in 11th.

Ibrahimovic scored 56 goals in 85 appearances in his stint at the San Siro, clinching the Italian title and Super Cup in 2010/11.

He made the controversial decision to join Milan after previously plying his trade with arch-rivals Inter, where he claimed three titles while netting 66 goals in 117 games.

Man Utd were heavily linked with another move for Ibrahimovic almost two years after he left them to go State side.

The Swede registered 29 goals in 53 games for United, helping the club to Europa League and League Cup successes in his very first season.

However, his second campaign at Old Trafford was plagued by injuries and he eventually decided to move on in March 2018.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of a new striker after selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter for £73m in the summer, meaning a swoop for Ibrahimovic could have made sense.

But with the veteran marksman set to rejoin Milan, Solskjaer is now likely to turn his attention to Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Braut Haaland or Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who signed Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford, was also tipped to link up with his former player again.

The Portuguese quickly rejected the possibility of bringing Ibrahimovic to north London, nevertheless, insisting he already has the one of the best strikers in the world at his disposal in Harry Kane.

“We have the best striker in England,” he said. “One of the top two, three strikers in the world.

 “It doesn’t make any sense for a striker of Zlatan’s dimension – in his late 30s but that can play at any club in the world – to come to a club where we have Harry Kane.”

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