Ibrahimovic instructs AC Milan to make "high-level" transfer raid on Chelsea

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping that AC Milan can follow up their apparent transfer interest in Olivier Giroud by making a move for the Chelsea forward.

Giroud is rumoured to be on the way out of Stamford Bridge following another season on the fringes of the team for the new European champions, with boss Thomas Tuchel preferring to play Timo Werner in attack alongside other attacking talents such as Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

Giroud, 34, was an unused substitute as the Blues won the Champions League by beating Manchester City in the final last weekend, but the former Arsenal man is said to be considering his options as he weighs up a move that will give him more game-time.

Milan will play in next season’s Champions League having finished second in Serie A, and Ibrahimovic thinks Giroud would be an ideal addition.

Ibrahimovic would like to see Giroud join Milan
Ibrahimovic would like to see Giroud join Milan

“The more high-level players we can sign, the better,” the Swede told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Giroud has great experience and we don’t have many players who have won trophies.

“If he comes he is welcome. Also because this is a very helpful group, willing to learn and improve, a well-guided group.”

Although fulsome in his praise for the World Cup winner, it wasn’t long before Ibrahimovic shifted the attention back to himself.

“Am I selfish?” he said.

“I have to be, there are many are kings but there is only one God and that’s me. But without my team-mates I don’t go anywhere and I know it.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season

“Football made me meet people, travel, experience different cultures. It gave me the life I have. What did I give? The most complete striker in the world.

“I suffered because of the injuries (in the past season), but I’ve spent 18 amazing months. Milan are back in the Champions League, and the fans deserved that. I wanted to win the Scudetto, we were up there, but we’ve improved a lot.

“I got angry every day this season. It’s not a negative thing for me. It’s a way to make people understand how much you care about what you are doing.

“I have more responsibility, I feel like a leader, the relationship with the club is clear, the players must work every day to take Milan back to where we belong.”

Giroud is currently with the France squad ahead of the European Championships, but he will become a free agent upon the expiration of his Chelsea contract on June 30.

He has reportedly been offered a two-year deal at the San Siro, with West Ham also believed to be monitoring him.


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