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Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Paris

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has come back to Paris after the summer holidays. He does it with a lot of question marks hanging over him- and with a scheduled meeting with President Nasser al-Khelaïfi.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid and sporting director Leonardo resigned. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic today arrived in Paris everyone is asking the question: what does Zlatan Ibrahimovic thinks of the many changes in the club?

zlatan ibrahimovic return to paris

zlatan ibrahimovic return to paris

According to French newspaper L’Equipe PSG’s president Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the man behind the super solicitation of Napoli’s Edison Cavani, 26, has traveled to Paris to meet with Laurent Blanc and the players before the team travels to Sweden friendlies. According to l’Equipe al-Khelaïfi wants to insure star players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that PSG still has ambitious goals – despite Carlo Ancelotti left the club.
– Ibra will stay, that’s for sure. He’ll play with Cavani, that’s why we bought him. But the details about the team his coach is taking care of, said PSG’s owner Al Khelaifi at Tuesday’s press conference.

Ancelotti wants to rejoin with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Real Madrid.
The information about a move has gained new momentum last week, where especially Real Madrid – with old coach Carlo Ancelotti declared that he wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Spain – chasing the Swedish striker.

During the morning Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived to Clairefontaine, the French football association reputable talent academy outside Paris. The Academy is located in a quaint suburb a few miles south of the town and the many greens surrounded by lush trees and pleasant environment. Paris Saint-Germain are there for a couple days of training camp for the match against Hammarby in Stockholm on Tuesday on the Tele2 Arena.

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Zlatan and Cavani, a good combination?

Laurent Blanc has taken over the coaching job in one of the world’s biggest betting football clubs.
Rumors of players in – and players out – relentless but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, and Edinson Cavani, 26, could form a dream duo on top.
– Looking at the style of play they complement each other well, says Blanc to l’Equipe that simultaneously raises a note of caution:
– Maybe there is a problem with big egos.

After many coaching names have fallen away in PSG’s quest for replacement to Carlo Ancelotti Laurent Blanc was appointed two weeks ago. The Frenchman has been coaching Bordeaux three seasons, and the French national team in Euro 2012. After that, however, he has been out of work for a year – before PSG called him.
– “Unemployment” is not the right word. It’s a complicated business. Even coaches who already have jobs were contacted before those who are without a job. There are things we have to live with, says Blanc in a long interview with French l’Equipe.

zlatan strike the ball

zlatan the striker

With the new job in the big betting PSG Blanc meets a situation where his club is paired with world players such as Edinson Cavani. According to several medias the Napoli striker is as good as done for the French capital club. Something Blanc does not wish to acknowledge.
– It is true that the club follows a player and if he can join us, I am glad. We are not alone in wanting him. But if we can succeed in recruiting him it would be a great sporting supplements and an enormous strength to Paris Saint-Germain.

While the Cavani rumors the club was also rumored to let go of the club’s current star striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But Blanc prefer to talk about how players can work together in PSG.
– They are compatible. Looking at the style of play they complement each other well. But they must not only make it in the game but also in the mind. Since they are two big players so you should be fine. Maybe there is a problem with big egos, but the club must come before everything. We must be bold but also strike a balance and make sure that the players, regardless of status, comply with our philosophy.

According to several sources, Blanc has called and talked with Zlatan, something that surprised the striker. But Blanc says in the interview that he talked to his Swedish star.
– He will join the team next week and will train an individual program. But he should play in friendlies in Sweden (against Hammarby and Real Madrid).

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Mino Raiola information

We have heard that many people have been interested in knowing more about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola so we have here put together some information about him for all of you.

Mino Raiola is famous for beeing the agent of famous Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Italian striker Mario Balotelli. Mino Raiola was also the manager for famous Czech republic midfielder Pavel Nedved before Nedved retired. Mino Raiola is also the manager for an additional 20 players in various European leagues. Raiola current lives in Monaco.

Mino Raiola

Mino Raiola

Mino Raiola was born as Carmine “Mino” Raiola in Nocera Inferiore in the Salerna provice and moved to Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1968 when he was at the age of one. Mino Raiola has worked in the Italian restaurant that his parents owned already from an early age but stopped working there when he went to law school. In 1987 Mino Raiola started his own company. Mino Raiola has also tried to be a professional soccer player himself when he at the age of 22 joined HFC Haarlem.

His first work as a football agent was at Sports Promotions where Mino Raiola quickly worked his way up and soon he was an important agent at the company. Mino was involved in transfer of many Ajax players like Bryan Roy, Marciano Vink, Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp. After some time at Sports Promotions he decided to quit the company and start working for himself. His first major transfer as a football agent was the transfer of Pavel Nedved when Nedved signed a contract with Lazio.

Mino Raiola agent

Mino Raiola agent

After this Mino Raiola quickly started working with big names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mido and Maxwell and in 2004 Mino Raiola managed to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic sold to Juventus for 16 million euros. After the many deals with Ajax the relationship between Mino and Ajax because very harsh after both Maxwell and Grygera decided not to renew their contracts with Ajax. Both the players became free transfers and Ajax blamed Mino Raiola for this and decided not to work him for a long time.

However this was not a big problem for Mino since he has now made himself a big name and he was also very successful in managing the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to both Internazionale and Barcelona which were some of the biggest transfers in 2006 and 2009. Also in 2010 and 2011 Mino managed to be involved in a total of five transfers related to AC Milan since Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Mark van Bommel, Edanuelson and Didac Vila all had contracts with Mino Raiola or in other ways was involved with him.

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Zlatan going to Napoli

Zlatan would be the ideal replacement for Edinson Cavani in Napoli. This says, among others, the Italian, somewhat legendary football profile Enrico Albertosi.
– With Ibra in the team wins Napoli Scudetto, says the former national team goalkeeper.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to be in the headlines, in Italy, in the rumors surrounding Cavani. Yesterday a number of Italian football profiles spoke of who best replaces Cavani. One of them was Enrico Albertosi, former star goalie in clubs like Milan, Fiorentina and Cagliari, and the Italian national team.

zlatan ibrahimovic rumors

zlatan ibrahimovic rumors

For Radio CRC, one of Naples’ premier football radio says Albertosi:
– I really think it would end up by Napoli and PSG exchanging Cavani against Ibrahimovic and then Napoli wins the Scudetto.

The renowned football profile think that Zlatan would be perfect in both Napoli and Naples as a city.
– It is true that the Swede has a special character. But on the field he makes a difference and all the teams that he’s going to win. Ibrahimovic is a winner.

Everyone in Italy, however, agree that Zlatan Ibrahimovic must go down in wages if he is to leave Paris. Italy’s top sports magazine, Gazzetta dello Sport, writes today about Zlatan as possible new star in Napoli. Gazzetta dello Sport also writes that Ibrahimovics current salary is too high for the southern Italian big club.

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Edinson Cavani ready for PSG

Yesterday we reported that big news on the European transfer market. PSG were reported to have added a huge offer for Edinson Cavani, 26. Today, Gazzetta dello Sport says the striker is now ready for the French capital club.
– I like Cavani, says Laurent Blanc according to Espn.

In Paris, people will most likely be really happy today. If you take part of the Italian magazine you can read that PSG met Cavanis buyout clause in the contract with Napoli, which is around 55 million euro.

edinson cavani 2013

edinson cavani 2013

PSG’s sporting director was in Italy yesterday and visited Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. After that it went fast. During a meeting between Leonardo, De Laurentiis and the player’s agent, Pierpaolo Triultzi, the deal was created according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

But De Laurentiis still made a last attempt to create a bidding war. According to the Italian newspaper he tried to call Real Madrid and give them an ultimatum. 61 million and Cavani would be moving to the Spanish capital instead. Real said no.

Cavani is said to agree to an annual salary of 87 million, with the French capital club.

According to Sky Italia Napoli wants PSG to also covers the sum Cavanis former club, Palermo, will have for a potential sale, around 6 million Euro.
– I like Cavani, I like his style. If this player is part of my PSG next season, I would be very happy, said the new PSG coach Laurent Blanc yesterday during the club’s pre-season camp in Austria, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not attend.

Gazzetta dello Sport says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Helena Seger are dissatisfied with life in Paris, but that Zlatan had not become part of a swap deal.

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Zlatan nominated for ESPN Best play

You remember Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bicycle kick earlier this year? Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave us a magical bicycle kick that meant 4-2 against England. For the goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nominated for “Best Play” by ESPN.

On 14 November 2012 the Swedish national team played the premiere at Friends Arena in Solna. And it was a memorable match – especially for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The national team captain scored all four goals when Sweden defeated England by 4-2. The last goal was a goal the whole world to admire.

zlatan ibrahimovic goal

zlatan ibrahimovic goal

English goalkeeper Joe Hart left his goal and ran out and nodded the ball. Zlatan ran after the ball, went up and gave us a wonderful bicycle kick that sat in the open goal. The distance was just over 30 meters.
– I’m trying to score. I get a pass ball and see that the keeper comes out, but choose not to go into the duel, but chooses to back down, the ball is going, it’s just knowing the situation, said Zlatan then.

Afterwards he was hailed by the whole world. Now the U.S. ESPN nominated Zlatans goal in last year’s “Best Play”. There are athletes from all sports who are nominated and compete for best looking sports moment. Ibrahimovic, who is in the quarterfinals, meets Brazil’s Fabiana Oliveira, who did a great kick in the volleyball match against South Korea.

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Edinson Cavani to PSG, Zlatan leaves?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big hero with 30 league goals and the biggest contrbuter to that Paris Saint-Germain won the league. But the next season, PSG might sacrifice Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, in replacement of Edinson Cavani, 26.

Napoli is considering to accept a swap deal which will give Napoli both Zlatan and money. Several European top clubs are battling to attract the target striker Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window. However, it has been difficult to get to a deal with Napoli when there is a sale clause of approximately 55 million Euro.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani

Chelsea and Manchester City have been mentioned in the discussions, but according to Italian and French data Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to be closest to the signature.

Edinson Cavani would prefer to move to the Spanish club, but PSG offer more money. The 26-year old is younger than Zlatan and PSG looks at Cavani as a coming man. Simultaneously, Zlatan and new coach Laurent Blanc as an impossible combination.

Blanc has flirted with Cavani in the media.
– I’d love to work with Cavani. He is a player who I like very much, ‘he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

zlatan ibrahimovic

zlatan ibrahimovic

PSG has an advantage against the other clubs who want Cavani – they have Zlatan. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, is a big fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and would love to see him in Naples. The Italian club are now considering dropping Cavani to PSG – if they get Zlatan Ibrahimovic and money.

Spanish Punto Pelota state that the Swedish national team captain has informed his agent Mino Raiola that he wants to leave the club, and that Real Madrid is a favorite destination. The 31-year-old is said to be very unhappy with the choice of the coach of PSG, and there is a serious conflict between Raiola and Blanc’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes.

A few weeks ago Carlo Ancelotti left France and took over Real Madrid. According to Italian sources   Ancelotti would like to recruit Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Real Madrid, but the club management in the Spanish club does not. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also not in PSG’s 27-man squad who travel to pre-season camp in Austria.

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Monaco to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

According to Brazilian media – citing local newspaper Riviera Cote d’Azur Zeitung, a German-language newspaper based in the South of France – Monaco tries to recruit Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

At Riviera Cote d’Azur Zeitung web site there is no article about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the rumor has been widely adopted in social media and the odds for Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to Monaco have dropped a lot today in different companies that provide odds on where Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move this summer. There have even been as low odds as 3.50 times the money on that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move to Monaco before 1th of September 2013.

Zlatan Ibrahimovics PSG jersey

Zlatan Ibrahimovics PSG jersey

Monaco – who will most likely be one of PSG’s main rivals for league title race next season – is said to be willing to offer 30 million euros for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola is a resident of Monaco and has good contact with several of the club’s representatives. Not least with Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Furthermore, PSG’s new coach Laurent Blanc’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes has sued Mino Raiola sued for 7.8 million euro, which might influcence Zlatan to disappears from the champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Monaco has already acquired Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Ricardo Carvalho this summer. Also getting Zlatan Ibrahimovic would put Monaco as the number one contender of the title for next season, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

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Andreas Cornelius breaks Zlatan record

Andreas Cornelius, 20, has made a record-breaking ascent the last season. Having established himself in Danish FC Copenhagen’s first team the striker scored a total of 18 goals, won the top scorer and established himself as a starting player in the Danish national team.

Premier league newcomer Cardiff has now been reported to buy FC Copenhagen’s star striker Andreas Cornelius for 86 million Swedish kronor. This is a new transfer record in the Northern Europe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sold for 80 million Swedish kronor when he left Malmo FF to Ajax in 2001. The transfer sum was then a record for football transitions from Scandinavia.

Andreas Cornelius

By Joshua Pearson (Flickr: Canada vs. Denmark) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

And the record held up until now, when the 20-year-old Danish national team striker Andreas Cornelius was bought by Cardiff for more than 86 million Swedish kronor, reports the Danish Radio and refers to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. The transition should have become clear during Thursday and Andreas Cornelius will according to Danish media reports earn 1.6 million Euro in Cardiff.

Andreas Cornelius turned 20 in March and he also scored a goal against the Czech Republic with his first-ever national team goal. Niklas Bendtner is suspended from all national team games for six months after driving drunk. With the obvious starting player away Danish coach Morten Olsen had to think outside the box and in the World Cup qualifier away against the Czech Republic Andreas Cornelius, 20, was given the chance.

When the FC Copenhagen talent – Andreas Cornelius has scored 16 goals this season – received the ball at the Czech penalty box he impressed immediately. Cornelius slipped past a defender and fired a missile into the first corner.

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Laurent Blanc comments on Zlatan

Laurent Blanc, 47, has been presented as coach of Paris Saint-Germain. He began his time at the club by paying tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31.
– Zlatan is important for PSG. He has shown that he is a fantastic player and a pro, he says.

There has been a lot of rumors revolving around Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Earlier this week it was announced that Laurent Blanc is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s new boss.
– I’m very proud to be here. We are facing a very exciting challenge, says Blanc and continues:
– We have high ambitions so I expect a lot from all the players. Although we won the league and reached the quarterfinals in the Champions League last year, the goal is to do better this year, he says.

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc

When asked if there will be any additional players joining Paris Saint-Germain this year Blanc answered:
– I understand that you do not have patience but it is too early to talk about transfers. But the season is long enough and it will happen things like players leaving and arriving.

As a player, the former defender has a long list of qualifications, including the World Cup and European Championship gold medals and games in clubs like Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan and Manchester United.
– Laurent was a fantastic player and has represented some of the biggest clubs in the world. I am confident that he will succeed here, says PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who also promised:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva will stay at the club until their contract expires.

It seems that the latest possible problems between Mino Railo and Jean-Pierre Bernes has not really affected the relationship between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Laurent Blanc.

As a coach Blanc had a success during three seasons in Bordeux (2007-2010), which gave him the job as French coach (2010-2012). Laurent Blanc takes over PSG on 1 July and his contract extends over two years.

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