AC Milan have decided to part ways with their talisman striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, reports Foot Mercato.
The Swedish star’s injury-troubled season hasn’t warranted him a contract extension, with his current deal expiring in the summer.
The 41-year-old spent nearly nine months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery last year before returning to action earlier this February.
However, he soon suffered a thigh injury during March international break, forcing him to be out of action until now, and no return date has been set.
Despite his hunger to play at the highest level for a few more years, Ibrahimovic’s physical decline with age suggests otherwise.
The Swede’s second spell with Rossoneri has been remarkable, with the striker bagging 37 goals and 11 assists since 2020.
While many people doubted he was past his prime, Ibrahimovic showed that age is just a number by playing a key role in Milan’s resurgence under Stefano Pioli.
They won the Serie A title last term and have secured Champions League qualification in back-to-back seasons.
Despite this, he is no longer a viable option and Milan must find an apt and young successor to move forward with their plans.
They have prioritised a new striker for the summer transfer window due to their over-reliance on Olivier Giroud.
Noah Okafor of RB Salzburg, Atalanta sensation Rasmus Hojlund and Reims’ loanee Florian Balogun are the top names on Milan’s wishlist.
Milan are also considering bringing back Lorenzo Colombo, who is currently on loan at Lecce.
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