Chelsea and Man City eye striker swoop

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester City and Chelsea are ready to do battle for the signing of Paris St Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to the Daily Star. 

The Swedish striker has reportedly fallen out with new manager Laurent Blanc over the recent signing of Edison Cavani, and is looking to leave after just one season at the Parc de Princes.

The news has alerted both City and Chelsea, two of the only clubs in Europe perhaps capable of matching the Swedish forward’s wage demands.

The 31-year-old is thought to earn more than £11million a year, something he is unlikely to get offered at either club – although they will provide closer to that figure than most.

Both City and Chelsea have turned their attentions to the Swede after missing out on Cavani themselves, as well as Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who is set to see out the final year of his contract at the German club.

Chelsea appear the more likely to make an offer at present, with the news emerging that City are close to completing deals for two new forwards, in the form of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, and Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla.

Jose Mourinho’s number one striking target is thought to be Wayne Rooney, but a bid for Ibrahimovic may well be launched to get things moving.

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