Serie A - Milan agree cut-price deal for Ibrahimovic

Reuters - Sat, 28 Aug 20:38:00 2010

AC Milan have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign former Internazionale striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a knockdown price.

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"We have agreed a deal for a season's loan and then the right to buy for 24 million euros (19.7 million)," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told reporters in Barcelona on Saturday.

"He will undergo a medical on Monday and sign a four-year contract."

Swedish international Ibrahimovic, 28, joined Barca from Inter in a big-money swap deal with Samuel Eto'o worth a total of 66 million euros in July 2009 but had a mixed first season at the Nou Camp.

His relationship with coach Pep Guardiola became strained and the arrival from Valencia of Spain striker David Villa threatened his place for the coming season.

Milan, under new coach Massimiliano Allegri, have looked shot-shy in pre-season and the Rossoneri have decided to rip up their frugal recent transfer policy in order to land a player who dominated Serie A during his time with Juventus and Inter.

Silvio Berlusconi's Milan have made a habit of signing ex-Inter players, most notably Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldo, and most Rossoneri fans do not care who arrives as long as they can challenge for a first scudetto since 2004.


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