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Agent: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan continue negotiation

Zlatan to Milan

Porto Cervo, ITALY - AUGUST 17: A smiling Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he leaves with his family after the summer holidays in Porto Cervo Soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović is seen on August 17, 2020 in Porto Cervo, Italy. (Photo by Emanuele Perrone/GC Images)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are still talking about the future.

The Swedish living legend -- in his own mind and ours -- had a successful first half-season with the Rossoneri last season, scoring 11 times with five assists in 20 appearances including a goal and an assist in a thrilling comeback against Juventus.

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Ibrahimovic has been linked to Leeds United in recent weeks, and former boss Sinisa Mihajlovic claimed he’d go to Bologna or home to Sweden.

Milan manager Stefano Pioli would love to see Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 in October, stay in with the Europa League-bound side. The player’s super agent says it could yet happen but not in time for Sunday’s start of preseason.

From Football-Italia:

“We are still talking, but there is no agreement yet. It’s not about money, but of conviction and style. It takes two to make a marriage work and if Ibrahimovic didn’t want to remain with the Rossoneri, then there wouldn’t be a negotiation. I am optimistic. I don’t work to create problems, but to find solutions.”

The report says the sides are about $1.2 million apart in annual salary, though the lower deal has plenty of incentives. Seems this will get done.

Ibrahimovic has scored at least 20 league goals or been on that pace in every season since scoring seven in his Serie A season for Juve in 2005-06. Barring injury -- and he’s had plenty -- there’s plenty of reason to believe he’s still got leading man potential.