Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently told his old friend and coach Stefan Hansson that he would like a transfer, and it may be in the near future says the ex-Malmo coach. But would he succeed if he were to be brought to the Premier League?
There has been talk of a move back to Juventus for Ibrahimovic, but there has also been rumors of him coming to Premier League, despite the player claiming he will never come to England.
“I talk to Ibra as we still have a relationship from when I trained him as a teenager in Malmo.” Hansson says, “After the French Super Cup we started talking about the future, and he told me that he wants to return to Juventus.”
Ibrahimovic played for Juventus for two seasons between 2004 and 2006. He made 70 appearances for the Italian giants, scoring 23 goals. He moved on after Juve were demoted to Serie B following the outcome of the Calciopoli scandal.
Since starting his career at Malmo in 1999, Ibrahimovic has played for seven teams in five countries. He played for both Inter and AC Milan, as well as European giants Barcelona.
Although, this sort of thing happened before. After his first season at Juventus, Real Madrid reportedly offered to sign the player for €70m. However, this later emerged as a hoax set up by Ibrahimovic’s agent to increase his market value. Could this be the same? I doubt it, but you never know with Ibrahimovic.
Jose Mourinho managed Ibrahimovic when he was at Inter Milan and he has already said that he would love him at Chelsea during his second reign.
Ibrahimovic would do very well in the Premier League. The league is tough mentally and physically. There is no doubt that physically Ibrahimovic is more than capable; he is big and strong, but also good with his feet as well as his head.
He has previously shown his capability against Premier League opponents; who could forget his overhead goal against England for Sweden? He performed very well against the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Mentally, is he ready for a Premier League switch? There have been questions over his seriousness on the field. He once missed an important Champions League tie against Arsenal with Juventus.
He could turn out to be another Mario Balotelli figure. But I would most certainly love to watch him in England, as I am sure would most fans. Will he come? Maybe, maybe not. Ibrahimovic is as unpredictable as they come.