Well, this arguably makes the previous stories about Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Liverpool (via Metro), which we thought were a little ridiculous, slightly more believable…
The world-class striker, who wins league titles all over Europe practically every season, has admitted that Champions League football is not a priority for him personally, and that he could potentially leave PSG.
“I still have one year left on my contract,” the striker told Channel 5 in France, reported by Goal. “I belong to PSG. I do not have another plan, but things can change from one day to another.
“I cannot say much now, but I belong to PSG and we will continue like that. But the older I get, the more I have to think differently about choosing a club.
“This concerns not only the footballing aspect, but also the quality of life for my family.
“Many people think that the number one criterion is the Champions League. But this is not true. I want to be in a club that I like, where I have a good time, and have fun playing football.
“If I do not win the Champions League, believe me, my career has been magical anyway. Check my track record; it speaks for itself.”
The Swedish striker is 33-years-old, and turns 34 in October, but has definitely not started to decline yet. In fact – he’s getting better, and has reached at least 30 goals in each of the past four seasons – having never previously reached that mark in his career.
We obviously don’t have the lure of Champions League football to offer the enigmatic forward, but according to these quotes, that doesn’t matter.
Whether we can pay his enormous wages, and whether he’d be interested in living in the north of England is another matter, of course.
What is certain is that we need a striker this summer. Daniel Sturridge’s injury record means that we sadly can’t rely on him to play and score every week – and our lack of firepower cost us a place in the top four.
It’s vital that we don’t make the same mistakes as last summer, where we acquired Mario Balotelli as our Luis Suarez replacement.
Danny Ings has already signed on a Bosman, but really – we need a top level striker as a priority. Ibrahimovic would be just that, but we really shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet, sadly.