Ibrahimovic 'wants to live in London' - Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham on alert
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “pretty likely” to move to the Premier League this summer and would prefer to live in London.
That is verdict of Swedish football journalist Olof Lundh as he assessed the plans of all-time great Ibrahimovic.
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 Lundh believes he would prefer a move to the capital.
When asked if Ibrahimovic moving to the Premier League was a possibility, Lundh told Sky Sports News: “It is pretty likely. In the beginning he preferred to go to the US with Miami but since David Beckham has had some problems getting the stadium ready and it’s not ready until 2018.
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“I think he is looking to play in Europe at the top level and, of course, the Premier League is interesting for him. I think he would like to live in London. Whether that would be Chelsea, Arsenal or maybe even West Ham, we will see.
“I think when you talk to his colleagues in the national team in Sweden who play in the Premier League they all place him in Manchester United, of course with (Jose) Mourinho possibly coming in, but I’m not sure Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like to live in Manchester.
“It also depends on whether Manchester United reach the Champions League for the next season. I also think he made a statement yesterday to get it out on the market that he is free, he is willing and is looking to all the offers. So it will be a couple of interesting months now when he decides.”
West Ham have gone public with their interest in signing Ibrahimovic, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said landing the Swede is not currently on his agenda.
Both London clubs will be in the market for a new striker in the summer, as will Chelsea and Tottenham, although Ibrahimovic does not fit the profile that Mauricio Pochettino is looking for at White Hart Lane.
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.
However, despite his outstanding form, Lundh says PSG are not looking to offer him a new contract.
“I think he was quite open that he is leaving PSG,” Lundh said. “He said there are no discussions at all with the French club, I think it is possible that they are looking to bring in another star.
“He has pretty much won everything there is, except the Champions League where they are playing Manchester City, and I think he is looking for new adventures and the club is also looking for a new player. I think PSG is a closed chapter after this season.”
Despite now being in his mid-30s, Ibrahimovic said earlier this month that he is “just warming up” and Lundh agrees that he would add a great deal of value to any club he joins.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are set to seal a new playmaker signing in the next 24 hours.