Napoli Move For Ibrahimovic ‘Almost Impossible’
The agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that a move to Napoli would be “almost impossible” for the Manchester United striker.
Rumours coming from Italy have suggested that the Swede could be on his way to the Serie A club this summer. The rumours have been fanned in part by Raiola and in a lesser way by Ibrahimovic himself. But speaking to the Naples radio station Crc on Saturday Raiola tried to nip those rumours in the bud once and for all.
“Zlatan enjoys the city and its fans,” said Raiola. “Like me, he grew up in a family that was in a Neapolitan mould. But appreciating the city and play at Napoli are two totally different things. I’ve never had serious contacts with [club president] De Laurentiis over Ibrahimovic and Napoli is not in our future plans, at least up to now. As a solution, it is almost impossible.”
Raiola has often spoken of Ibrahimovic’s fondness for Naples and has suggested that he has a Neapolitan mentality. The striker was asked last week in an Italian TV interview with former England boss Fabio Capello about whether a move back to Italy was an option. He refused to rule it in or out.
But while Raiola’s comments dismiss any interest from the Serie A side there is still the possibility of a move to MLS side LA Galaxy. Raiola is reported to have flown to the United States for talks with LA.
Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in 41 games this season for United. His one-year deal at Old Trafford includes a clause automatically offering him a second year if he plays a set number of games for the club. He reached that mark before Christmas but Ibrahimovic is dragging his heels over putting pen to paper amidst fears that his partner Helena Seger is unhappy in England.