Following the news that Barcelona had agreed a £34 million fee with Valencia to bring David Villa to the Camp Nou, the man on your left, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move away from the Catalan giants.
The Swedish striker has come in for some heavy criticism amongst the Barca faithful for what many considered to be a pretty average season.
Ibrahimovic, 28, scored 21 goals in his first season at the club since leaving Inter Milan last summer in a deal which cost Barca an estimated £80 million (£40 million + Samuel Eto’o).
According to numerous reports today, Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all believed to be monitoring Ibrahimovic’s situation.
With Villa set to be unveiled as a Barcelona player tomorrow morning and with Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas also close to a move to the club, many, including myself, believe the end is near for Ibrahimovic, in terms of his Barca career.
There is no point in Barca keeping Ibraimovic at the club if he is going to sit on the bench most weekends. They are obviously going to have cough up somewhere near the £40 million mark if they want to sign Fabregas so selling Ibrahimovic seems the sensible option.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all keen to add to their attacking options during the summer transfer window and with Ibrahimovic now likely to be available, there is a growing feeling that the former Internazionale striker will be playing in the Premier League next season.
He may not be the most enjoyable player in the world to watch but there is no denying the fact that wherever he has been, he has scored goals. I am a big fan of Ibrahimovic’s and I for one think he would be a massive hit in England if he does indeed join one of the three clubs mentioned.