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United and Milan in tug-of-war over the Swede Maestro

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AC Milan have reportedly set their sights on securing the services of one of their old acquaintances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals across all competitions under manager Jose Mourinho last season, has been on the wishlist on many European and American clubs and it seems that Italian powerhouse AC Milan are also interested in roping in the Swede to bolster their squad.

However, United are keeping their options open over re-signing the 35-year-old. Speaking to Italian broadcasters Sport Mediaset, Mourinho said that he is closer to Manchester than Milan. He said: “Maybe he’ll stay with us. He has no contract but he is closer to Manchester.”

AC Milan, who have already splashed £160m in the transfer window to rejuvenate their team, are interested in Ibrahimovic. Milan have reportedly taken the decision to go for the kill in their persuit of a big-name attacker after they were left frustrated in their chases of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti and Diego Costa.

Milan have already roped in Silva from Porto but they are in search of another attacker after they put up Carlos Bacca on sale.According to reports in Sport Mediaset, Milan’s sporting director, Massimo Mirabelli, has stated that there is a chance for the veteran forward to make a return. When asked about Zlatan, Mirabelli said: “Ibrahimovic? In life, never say never. Maybe an old acquaintance of ours could come back.”However, Mirabelli was quick to cover up his words by stating that the Italian powerhouse have their feet on the ground. He stated: “I don’t want to hint at Ibra, that’s not the case. We have our feet on the ground. We’ll evaluate the things that we have to do after August 15.”A horrible knee injury in the Europa League ruled him out for the final phase of the season, and he is expected to make a return to competitive football by end of the year.

Manchester United declined to extend Ibrahimovic’s one-year contract this summer after he suffered a season-ending injury in April. However, the Swede has remained in Manchester to work on his rehabilitation, with an aim to be fit again by January.