City to swoop for Ibrahimovic following PSG bust-up with Blanc

Man City could be lining up a move for PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the Swedish international falling out with his new manager after around two weeks, reports The Mirror.

Ibrahimovic voiced his concerns to new boss Laurent Blanc about the club’s pursuit of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, with a deal set to be struck between the two clubs in the region of £53m.

Ibrahimovic had been given an extra 10 days off before having to report for pre-season training, and is not due back until Thursday. However, he is understood to have failed to return a call from the former France manager, prompting speculation that he may not report back to the club this week.

The 31-year-old is also thought to have authorized his agent, Mino Raiola, to open discussions with Real Madrid over a move to the Bernabeu, with the player under the impression he could move for £17m and take a pay cut to around £250k to secure the deal.

However, new Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Raiola that he agreed a “no poaching” clause when he left PSG for the Spanish giants last month, evidently putting the kibosh on a deal.

That paves the way for new City boss Manuel Pellegrini to make a cut-price swoop for the former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan star. Ibrahimovic has won a top flight title in 10 of his last 12 seasons across the European countries, and deposed champions City hope that they can make the most of his lucky charm reputation and regain the title from neighbourhood rivals Man United.

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