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Ibrahimovic? Milan need something
AC Milan have confirmed they are trying to sign Barcelona forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and judging by their pre-season form, they really need a spark.
Ronaldinho showed some good touches in Sunday’s drab 0-0 draw with Juventus, Milan’s final pre-season friendly, but he will never be the player of old and has never been a out-and-out striker.
Marco Borriello was isolated upfront alone despite owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ordering new coach Massimiliano Allegri to play two up top this season after Leonardo’s conservative approach last term earned the Brazilian a ticket home and third place in Serie A for the Rossoneri.
Ibrahimovic is similar to Borriello in some ways and Milan do have other options in Alexandre Pato and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Filippo Inzaghi is also still running around like a whippet at 37.
Milan are lacking gravitas but Berlusconi, who said in July that ex-Inter man Ibrahimovic might not fit into Milan’s dressing room, has been very frugal in his spending in the last two years — so much so that the Rossoneri have loaned three Genoa players this summer and brought in Mario Yepes on a free.
The fact Ibrahimovic had a mixed first season at the Nou Camp and was left out of Saturday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg may make Milan think they can do a deal with Barca and the Swede but at what cost?
The player’s agent has said “Ibra is not a loan player” and the striker was desperate to leave Italy last year.
Discontent towards Berlusconi is growing among Milan fans, even if they now realise he was right to sell the injury-prone Kaka, and a standout signing may ease the pressure.
Don’t think Milan supporters are upset that their side are tracking an ex-Inter player, the Rossoneri just want quality and have a habit of signing men who used to turn out for their bitter rivals including Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldo.
Perhaps that is the biggest example of the gap between Milan and the treble winners.