Reports in France have claimed Chelsea have offered 34-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a two-year deal worth almost £10million a season. The news follows Ibrahimovic’s comments as the striker recently revealed he will “not be at PSG next season” unless PSG replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of him, of course.
The transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be a shrewd piece of business by Chelsea, who are looking to bolster their attacking options to compete for major trophies next season after what looks to be a disappointing campaign. Having won the league title everywhere he has gone, Ibrahimovic would provide Chelsea with much-needed experience and a winning mentality following the club’s loss of its spine in recent years – players such as Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and now John Terry have all departed.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stats from the 2015/16 campaign highlight the quality he could provide Chelsea. In 24 Ligue 1 appearances for the recently crowned champions, Ibrahimovic has scored 27 goals, contributing to an impressive 35% of the goals scored by the French giants in their Ligue 1 campaign. In comparison, Chelsea’s main striker Diego Costa has scored just 11 goals in 24 Premier League appearances. Loic Remy (30 apps 8 goals) and Radamel Falcao (9 apps 1 goal) also have a poor goal scoring record when compared to the Swedish striker.
The 34-year-old’s stats also challenge certain conceptions, such as that he is a selfish player – Ibrahimovic has provided 14 assists in 38 appearances this season, compared to Diego Costa’s 6 assists in 37 appearances. Ibrahimovic also has an impressive pass completion rate of 79.5%, compared to Costa’s 78.1%. Although being 34 years of age, and with the 27-year-old Costa unlikely to be satisfied with sitting on the bench, these stats show the Swedish striker could provide Chelsea with some much needed healthy competition. Other than just goals, Ibrahimovic provides assists and quality link-up play, whilst also bringing experience, a winning mentality, and he would certainly keep Diego Costa on his toes.
Chelsea will however have to face-off interest from a number of other clubs looking to bring in Ibrahimovic, including Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United. French newspaper L’Equipe have claimed Manchester United are leading the race for the Swedish International, and Football Insider Dean Jones has said Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be in an Arsenal shirt. Thierry Henry has also revealed on Soccer AM that Ibrahimovic would be interested in a move to Arsenal.
However, with Chelsea’s need for a consistent goal scoring striker and the addition of winning mentality and experience to their squad, combined with their strong financial resources, it would not be a surprise for the Swedish striker to be wearing blue at the start of the 2016/17 season.