Inter eye Ibra stay
Inter Milan have made big moves to keep star-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they’ve slapped a massive price tag on the Swede’s head and it looks a fairly safe online football bet the 27-year-old will be at the Giuseppe Meazza next season.
Kaka went to Real Madrid for £59million and Inter value Ibra as ‘superior’ to the Brazilian superstar. According to Inter administrator Ernesto Paolillo Ibrahimovic is worth more than Kaka, but slightly less than the £80million Real Madrid will pay Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The player knows that for the time being we have had no offers that are deemed suitable for his market value, which is superior to Kaka and slightly inferior to Cristiano Ronaldo in our estimation,” said Paolillo. “The situation is being evaluated constantly by Inter sporting director Marco Branca.
“Regardless of the rumours, we find ourselves faced with an impasse that could be unblocked at any time – just like it could also mean that Ibrahimovic’s desired transfer does not happen.”
In the current transfer climate Inter’s valuation of Zlatan may seem a bit high, but when you consider he won the Capocannonieri last season with 25 goals it doesn’t seem that crazy. He is also perhaps the best target man in the world at the moment and would be incredibly hard for Jose Mourinho to replace.
The clubs that are apparently vying for Ibrahimovic’s signature are La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona and Premier League outfit Chelsea. Of those three clubs I think Barcelona would be hesitant to splash out such a hight amount but for Chelsea and Real Madrid it could be a different story.
Chelsea are bankrolled by owner Roman Abramovic but even he may be wary of spending such a large sum on one player. However, Real Madrid have reportedly secured loans of around the 800million euro mark to spend on new players and if they do target Ibra he could well be tempted by the Bernabeu side.
By placing such a large price on his head it would seem Inter are determined to keep him, though admittedly if an astronomical offer came along it would be hard for them to turn down. It would be sad to see the prolific striker leave Serie A but one player does not make a league or a team, especially not Internazionale. If Ibra decides his future lies elsewhere, despite the Nerazzurri’s best efforts to keep him, I would wish him well at Real and I’m betting he would be a success in Spain. If he does decide to leave it will be interesting to see what the ‘special one’ does with over £70million, because it seems Inter won’t let their star man go for any less.