Milan closing in on Ibra swoop

AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan appear to be closing in on a swoop for Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the player turned down a switch to Serie A rivals Bologna.

The 38-year-old striker is available on a free transfer having left Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy and a return to Italy looks to be on the cards.

Former club Milan are known to be in the hunt along with Napoli and Bologna, but the latter is a no go after club director Walter Sabatini revealed the Swedish ace is exploring other options.

“Ibrahimovic will not be coming to Bologna. He has made other choices,” Sabatini told Tuttomercatoweb.

Milan, where he won the Scudetto in 2011, is said to be the frontrunner for a deal as they look for a much-needed lift following a disappointing start to the season.

The Swedish ace could give them just the lift they need as they look to mount a push for the Champions League places and will pull out all the stops to do a deal.

However Napoli will provide strong competition and are said to have offered the player an 18-month contract in the hope it will be enough to win the day.

His agent Mino Raiola has done little to clear up the situation and says all options are open, apart from retirement.

“It’s not been said that he will necessarily return to Italy,” Raiola confirmed in Gazzetta dello Sport. “Which of the three interested clubs will he choose? Who knows, we’re all free men.

“Could he retire? I’m not going to exclude anything but it is very unlikely. Ibra is still very well.”