Manchester City agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the Catalan giants – only for the enigmatic Swede to turn down the move.
It has been revealed by Zlatan himself that Barcelona, then coached by Pep Guardiola, struck an agreement with City against the player’s wishes circa 2010.
In his new book “I Am Football: Zlatan Ibrahimovic” reveals all about the situation (quotes via The Sun):
Ibrahimovic wrote: “We had a meeting with Sandro Rosell, who had just become club president.
“He was good, he was honest. He told me that Guardiola wanted me sold at any price.
“‘You can say which club you want to join,’ he said. ‘We’ll call them and offer you to them.’ I replied that there was no other club, because I didn’t want to go.
“At one point they asked me about Manchester City. ‘Might that be an option?’ they asked.
“I told them I wasn’t the least bit interested. That was the end of that, but I found out later that they’d agreed a deal with Manchester City completely without my knowledge.
“Not only that, it was a higher fee than they ended up getting from Milan.”
Had the move gone through, it could have meant Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the same dressing room, coached by Roberto Mancini. Imagine the drama!
It also might have meant no Edin Dzeko and no 93:20 moment since the Bosnian scored City’s second goal against QPR before Aguero made history.
Instead, Ibrahimovic moved to AC Milan then Paris Saint-Germain before spending one-and-a-half seasons at Manchester United during which he scored 29 goals in 53 appearances.