Friday, April 27, 2018

Ibra lobbying for Becks to join PSG; Milan insist Pato is not for sale

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham — who has revealed that he will leave the club following the MLS Cup final next month — to join him at the Parc des Princes, Sky Sports understands.

Beckham is eyeing one more ‘challenge’ before retirement, and joining PSG would surely fit his requirements.

“I am sure there will be many offers for him from clubs all over the world, but it is a very exciting project here in Paris and if he still wants more trophies then this is the right club for him to join,” said Ibra.

“We can win the Champions League over the next two seasons with the team that is being built.”

Beckham, 37, bagged eight goals and six assists in 30 competitive matches for the Los Angeles Galaxy this season.

Meanwhile, at the moment, Paris Saint-Germain are sitting atop the French Ligue 1 table with 26 points from 14 league matches, while AS Saint-Étienne and Olympique Lyonnais are one point behind the leaders.

Zlatan has totaled 14 goals and seven assists in 16 appearances for the French super-club this term, including 12 goals in just 11 Ligue 1 matches.

In addition, Ibra took a moment to praise former Inter Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli, implying that he would welcome the Italian at the Parc des Princes.

“Mario has so much talent, at his age he has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the world,” added Zlatan.

“I think he has matured and I know he would like to play with me again.”

Milan insist Pato is not for sale

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has dismissed speculation suggesting that Alexandre Pato could move to the Etihad Stadium in a swap deal that would bring Mario Balotelli to the San Siro, according to Sky Sports.

Berlusconi, a long-time admirer of Balotelli, has insisted that Pato is not on the transfer market.

“An exchange involving Pato and Balotelli? I don’t like exchanges,” Berlusconi told Milan Channel.

“Pato is definitely not on the market. He is one of our best players and has the opportunity to become an icon here over many years.

“Unfortunately, his frequent injuries have been a problem, but we just need to handle him right.

“AC Milan is the perfect setting for him.”

Milan have started the 2012-13 season on dismal form, and currently sit in 12th-place in the Serie A table, with just 15 points from 13 games.

The Italian giants have already lost six times in the league this term, matching their total for all of last season.

A move for Balotelli in January could potentially revive the club’s campaign, but catching Juventus at the top of the table seems an impossible feat nonetheless.


Shawn Etemadi



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