AC Milan chief: Zlatan Signing was Close

AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has hinted that the club nearly managed to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and hadn’t finished in the transfer market despite their spending spree which saw them recruit as many as 10 players to their ranks. The Rossoneri have recruited two strikers in their squad this summer with Andre Silva and Fabio Borini having arrived from Porto and Sunderland respectively – the latter on a season-long loan.

Despite this, the Milan outfit were reportedly still in the search for further reinforcements with a world-class striker being a top priority before the transfer deadline. Speaking to Mediaset, Fossune admitted that the club were monitoring their targets for the moment, and wouldn’t not rule out a move for the likes of Radamel Falcao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He said: “We’re not in any rush and we are observing many players. Many names have already been mentioned, but there is no urgency from us. Up to now, I have not said no to any name, so I am not going to say no to [Falcao and Ibrahimovic] either. They are potential candidates, even if we are closer to some and further away from others. We only have one bullet to fire and we don’t want to miss the target.”

Ibrahimovic is expected to only return to first-team action during the festive period after he suffered a double knee ligament damage in April which has ruled him out for the vast part of seven months. At, 35, approaching 36, Ibrahimovic is still regarded as one of the deadliest strikers across Europe, although it is left to be seen whether he would be the same player following his return from injury. As well as being linked to AC Milan, he was rumoured to be joining the A-League, with Sydney FC news reporting that he was set to become one of the league’s marquee players.

The former Sweden international surprised a few by making a move to the Premier League with Manchester United last summer, but he still managed to become a huge hit with 28 goals across all competitions. Ibrahimovic previous played for Milan for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 where he bagged 56 goals in all competitions, and their ambitious project could see him make a surprise comeback on a free following his release from Old Trafford earlier in June.