Confirmed: Arsenal submit offer for 35-goal striker
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Arsenal are among the clubs who have made an offer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
The brilliant Sweden forward is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and has admitted that he has been contacted by interested Premier League clubs.
The 34-year-old has been most strongly linked with Manchester United, where he could potentially link up with former manager Jose Mourinho, but it has been claimed by that he would prefer a move to London.
Speaking to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Raiola said his client had been inundated with offers from the Premier League when asked specifically about the English top flight.
“Outside of Manchester City, who will be managed by Pep Guardiola, all the big clubs have knocked on the door,” Raiola revealed.
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Given that Arsenal are an established member of the Champions League elite, it is clear they are one of the clubs referred to by Ibrahimovic’s agent, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool also likely to have tabled contract offers to the superstar striker.
The public stance of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is that the Swede is not currently on his agenda but a recruitment source from the club has told Football Insider that the Gunners are in the market for a proven striker in the summer.
Ibrahimovic has scored 35 goals in 40 games this season for PSG, including twice over two legs as the French side knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League to set up a quarter-final tie with Manchester City.
His haul of 27 Ligue 1 strikes is nearly double that of his closest rivals, team-mate Edinson Cavani and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, who have both scored 14 times in the competition.
Despite now being in his mid-30s, Ibrahimovic said earlier this month that he is “just warming up” and Raiola agrees that his star client still has much to offer at the highest level.
“With the physique and mindset he has I told him he can play another five years,” Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport. “He has incredible energy that only improves with time. When he has time he even goes out hunting. He isn’t human in a sense that people can’t even imagine what he is capable of.”
“They are doing all that they can to sign him to an extension. Paris remains an option,” he said. “He has offers from every continent but it is too early to paint the final picture. I am going on vacation for three weeks but I imagine when I return more pieces of the puzzle will be put into play, not just for Ibra.”
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are set to seal a new playmaker signing.