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Zlatan Ibrahimovic completes Serie A return with AC Milan transfer

By James Richards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejoined AC Milan

Published: 19:03, 27 December 2019

AC Milan have signed Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a six-month contract that will run until June 2020.

It is being reported that Ibrahimovic will arrive in Italy on January 2nd to finalise the deal in what will be his second spell for the Rossoneri.

Five things to know about the Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan transfer story:

  • Ibrahimovic, 38, managed 30 goals in 29 MLS games last season and was recently linked with Everton.
  • In his last full season in Serie A, in 2011/12 with Milan, he scored 28 times across 32 appearances.
  • Milan are currently 11th in Serie A and 11 points off the top four.
  • Marco Giampaolo was replaced as head coach by Stefano Pioli just seven games into the 2019/20 season.
  • At the time of writing, they are 20/1 to climb up the table and finish in a top-four spot with William Hill*.

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He told the Milan site: “I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love. I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season. I will do everything to make it happen.”

Ibrahimovic played for Milan between 2010 and 2012 where he enjoyed a successful spell, including a Scudetto, scoring 56 times in 85 games for the club.

His return comes after the 38-year-old left MLS side LA Galaxy in December following two seasons on the other side of the Atlantic. During his time in the US, the frontman netted an impressive 53 goals in just 58 matches.

There was much speculation about where he would move to next with both Bologna and Napoli being reportedly interested but AC Milan are the only side to have made a solid offer.

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It was announced the six-month contract has an option for another year, which would see Ibrahimovic playing at the top level until just shy of his 40th Birthday.

During a 20-year playing career, the 6ft5 in forward has won two Eredivisie titles, four Serie A titles, four Ligue 1 championships with PSG and the Europa League with Manchester United. Two other Serie A titles won with Juventus were late rescinded by the league.

In all, he has scored 474 goals in 788 senior appearances for nine different clubs across seven different countries.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins AC Milan