Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left FC Barcelona after only one season and has returned to Italy to join AC Milan on loan, city rivals of his former club Internationale Milan. As per the deal Ibrahimovic has been signed by Milan on a one year loan deal, while the Rossoneri and the player have agreed a four year contract.
The 28 year old Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical tomorrow in Milan and then sign the contract. After the initial one year loan deal Milan have the right to sign the player permanently for a fee of only 24 Million Euros. It is a cut price deal for a top class striker like Ibrahimovic who only a season ago left Inter Milan to join Barca in exchange for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o plus 69 Million Euros.
The tall, lanky striker never seemed to fit into Pep Guardiola's system still Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals in 41 matches in all competitions, not a bad scoring rate for a top striker. Still Ibrahimovic was seen alien in Barcelona and to their system of tiki-taka football though the Swedish international is technically a sound player. Many said he could not recreate the form and magic that made him a star in the Italian Serie A with Juventus and Inter Milan. In Barcelona his signing a year ago is now seen as a big mistake.
The arrival of Ibrahimovic at AC Milan could also mean that Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could finally be leaving the Stadio Guiseppe Meazza. Huntelaar has been linked with a number of clubs in the English Premier League as well as some German Bundesliga clubs. Huntelaar now falls down the pecking order and departure might be the only way for him to guarantee playing time.