Manchester United and Arsenal have scoured the continent for world class strikers during the summer transfer window to no avail, but for one of the Premier League bigwigs, the searching could soon be over.
Where links to top forwards such as Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Jackson Martinez and Edinson Cavani have so far provided nothing more than column inches, latest developments across the Channel appear to hold more genuine promise.
Clearly, yet another newspaper report, this time from the Daily Mail, is no guarantee a transfer will follow, however the circumstances are arguably more fertile this time around.
The paper claims Paris Saint-Germain are willing to offload striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich for a cut-price fee.
PSG’s main man of the past three seasons turns 34 in October and following the recent signing of Angel Di Maria, it’s believed the club may now be willing to shift the Swedish superstar off the Parc des Princes payroll.
PSG deny Ibrahimovic has been left out of the last two match-day squads for anything other than an injury, though with £50m teammate Cavani stepping into fill the hole, it seems quite plausible the French champions have enough cover to reshuffle up front.
Having only scored twice through an own goal and a deflected shot from Adnan Januzaj during their first two games of the Premier League season, Louis van Gaal could certainly use the services of a player who has scored 20+ goals in each of his last eight seasons.
Similarly, Arsene Wenger will only end the deafening clamour from fans by signing a top name striker to support Olivier Giroud and they don’t come anymore marquee than the former AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus hotshot.
The clear obstacle to an Emirates move would be the perception Ibrahimovic bears a grudge against Wenger from the time he turned down an Arsenal trial early in his career.
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