Sunday, August 29, 2010

Zlatan Out of Barsa

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Serie A to play for Milan after the Rossoneri club Barcelona agreed to loan free of charge, with a purchase option at the end of the season for 24 million euros ($ 30.5 million) , announced the teams on Saturday.

"Milan is one of the best clubs in the world for its campus and the tradition that has," Ibrahimovic told the Italian press. "With (Alexandre) Pato and Ronaldinho have a great attack. I believe that Milan fans will love having us to stage three. "

The arrival of the ram, which already was active in the local arch-rivals Inter Milan and Juventus, could have a big impact in the fight for the scudetto.

The Swede joined the Spanish champions last season in an operation in which the interest was 46 million euros (66 million) and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o. Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals for the Catalans club in various competitions, but struggled to fit into the team's attack system of Pep Guardiola.

Table Catalan stated on his website that "when you run the option, the whole operation will cost savings for FC Barcelona of approximately 60 million euros."

Milan striker said he would undergo medical examinations on Monday, then sign a contract for four years. Rossoneri President and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited the campus on Saturday to inform himself of the arrival of Ibrahimovic and in the presence of the other players, spoke by telephone with the striker. Then, he left by helicopter.

Milan started the season on Sunday against promoted Lecce. Until the announcement, Inter, winners of the last five editions of the Serie A, was considered the heavy favorite to win the title again. However, Milan will try to dethrone him.

Ibrahimovic said he was not worried about what may be said Inter supporters. "I do not think they are worried about me, taking into account all that won," he said.

"This situation was created in Barcelona gave me a lot of adrenaline and now my dream is to win everything with Milan." The purchase will be the most expensive in Milan since 2005 acquired Alberto Gilardino from Parma for the same price.

Milan has three major front and Brazilian Marco Borriello Pato and Ronaldinho, as well as veteran substitute Filippo Inzaghi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was not worried about having many options in attack.

"Ibrahimovic is a champion and champions the more we will be easier to win games," said the helmsman. "We have one of the best attacks in Europe." 28 year old striker began his career with Malmo in Sweden before moving to Ajax.

He came to Juventus in 2004 and won two Serie A titles, but both were erased by the match-fixing scandal that shook Italian football in 2006. That year, with Juventus in Serie B, Inter Ibrahimovic went and won three consecutive titles in Italy before leaving Barcelona.

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