Milan Agree To Flog Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Thiago Silva To PSG – Ibra Set To Break €200m Transfer Barrier?

Chris Wright

13th, July 2012

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By Chris Wright

“We’re going to be even richer! Even beyonder our wildest dreams!”

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that the club have agreed to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in a job-lot to Paris Saint-Germain for a combined €65 million (£51.4 million) – with the Rossoneri more or less forced into accepting the Parisian offer due to their dire current financial situation.

“Yes, I have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG. We’ll save €150 million in two years (in wages),” Berlusconi is quoted as telling the Gazzetta dello Sport website.

The deal is reported to break down as follows: €42 million for the Brazilian centre-half and a mere €20 million for Ibra, thus pushing the Swede’s running total of transfer fees beyond the €200 million mark depending whose figures you use.

Either way, €200 million or not, Zlatan’s ‘Mr 10%’, Mino Raiola, is an incredibly rich gentleman.

It’s a painful blow for Milan, who will be losing their two best players from last season – including Serie A’s reigning top scorer, no less – with limited funds to replace them. When names like ‘Dzeko’ and ‘Carroll’ start cropping up (though it must be said, that’s only in the English media), you know you’re probably wading headlong into a period of austerity.

As for PSG? Well, they’ll almost definitely win Ligue 1 next year with Zlatan making mincemeat of French defences. How long after that until they win their first Champions League? We’ll hazard an educated guess and say ‘not very’ if they keep making stellar signings like this.

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9 Comments

  1. SwissMafia says:

    Un..be…lievable…

  2. Heapsy Boy says:

    Have to admit they will be a force now with Lavezzi, Pastore, Ibra and Silva!!

    May be worth a punt for Champions League winners!

  3. Nick says:

    Lavezzi Pastore Nene supporting Ibra? bloody hell

  4. NathanM says:

    And don’t forget Sakho, Menez, Gameiro and Motta… unbelievable.

  5. Nuno says:

    Word in Spain is that Milan is after Kaka and the money received / saved from wages might be enough to complete the transfer. He isn’t quite “the” Kaka of a few years back, but still better than Carroll, can’t see that tranfer happening (but it’s “silly season” anyway, papers just love throwing names up in the air)

  6. Hootie says:

    This would be interesting in an awful sort of way for Milan supporters if it was true:

    https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/223501296718708736

  7. Eckpfosten says:

    Well…we will find out what happens, when Transparency Act gets a grip on European Football. Probably FC Bayern München will win the next 20 Champions League titles.

  8. Bruno says:

    Also worth mentioning PSG has just swiped 19 year old Italian midfielder Veratti away from an imminent move to Juventus, for 15 million euro. The kid was about to debut in Serie A after being the midfield maestro of Pescara’s Serie B triumph. Prandelli has included him in the pre-Euro squad ahead of the likes of Aquilani.

  9. Drama says:

    Maybe Milan, or all of Serie A really, can ask the Bundesliga for a bailout.

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