AC Milan will not sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sporting director Leonardo has confirmed. The Rossoneri must look at other options in attack.
The January transfer window is approaching fast. Among the priorities of AC Milan is the purchase of a centre forward. A new striker must be added to Gonzalo Higuaìn and Patrick Cutrone. Only two strikers are very few for a team committed on three fronts. During this months coach Gattuso had to improvise when one or both of his attacking players where out.
The Rossoneri had practically completed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the negotiation has been halted for now. Sporting director Leonardo after Milan-Torino declared that Ibrahimovic will not arrive. The Swedish 37 year old was supposed to sign a 18-months contract of nearly 6 million euros.
The new AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis didn’t fully convinced by this idea. The former Arsenal executive has no intention of paying any commissions to agent Mino Raiola and views Ibrahimovic’s age (37 years old) as a problem. However it is Zlatan who seems to have decided to remain in USA.
Perhaps a deal is still possible but AC Milan must consider even other options. The club awaits UEFA’s final rule on the Financial Fair Play breach and in case of a proportionate punishment (read here) sporting director Leonardo should be able to move freely on the transfer market. However, if this deal fails completely, these are 5 alternatives that can replace Ibrahimovic at Milan.