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AC Milan in talks to buy Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic has also played for Serie A side Juventus

Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to return to Italy with AC Milan - according to Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani.

Both Barca and the Swede, who moved to the Nou Camp from Inter Milan for £35m in 2009, are said to be keen on a move.

Galliani said negotiations are "very complex, difficult and very expensive" but confirmed he will meet Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic, 28, is thought to have a £216m buy-out clause in his contract.

The Swedish international spent three years at Inter Milan and joined Barca, with Samuel Eto'o moving the other way to the Italian club, on a five-year deal.

606: DEBATE

AC Milan representatives are already in Catalonia after the two sides drew 1-1 in a friendly at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, with goals from Barca's summer signing David Villa and Italian veteran Filippo Inzaghi.

Galliani told AC Milan's official website: "Negotiations will continue on Thursday. At noon I have an appointment with the president of Barcelona. Let's see.

"The negotiations are very complex but the relationship with Sandro Rosell is really good and he is very nice.

"Barca are willing to sell or loan the player, he is willing to come to Milan but we are talking about a mountain of money in the middle of a crisis."

I do not know anything about a possible move, so I will remain a Barcelona player but I would like to play alongside a player such as Ronaldinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic, who scored 21 goals in 41 games for Barca last season, played for the first 45 minutes of the game against Milan, which the Catalonian side eventually won 3-1 on penalties.

Afterwards the former Ajax and Juventus man conceded his relationship with Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was strained.

"I haven't spoken to Guardiola for six months," Ibrahimovic told Sky Italia.

"I do not know the reason for this but there are certainly problems.

"As for Milan, for now, I do not know anything about a possible move, so I will remain a Barcelona player but I would like to play alongside a player such as Ronaldinho."

When asked about Ibrahimovic's comments, Guardiola said: "We have no problem of communication.

"For the good of the club it's best not to say anything. There's always a reason but I'm not going to explain it now. I'm very communicative.

"When it's the right time I'll give my opinion.

"If after 31 August [transfer deadline day] he's still a Barcelona player I will treat him as such."



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see also
Sweden coach backing Ibrahimovic
10 Aug 10 |  Football
Ibrahimovic seals Barcelona move
28 Jul 09 |  Europe
Jury out on enigmatic Ibrahimovic
10 Mar 09 |  Europe


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