Due to Everton’s imminent appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considering joining his former boss at Goodison Park.
During Ancelotti’s time as Paris Saint-Germain head coach, he worked with Ibrahimovic, where they combined to win the Ligue 1 title in the 2012/13 season. During which time the striker netted 35 goals across all competitions.
Having refused to sign a new deal with the LA Galaxy following an 18-month spell, Ibrahimovic is available on a free transfer and can sign a deal as soon as the window opens in January. The 38-year-old is still attracting admirers from across Europe as he seeks a final major move in his career.
AC Milan had been the frontrunners for his signature, but a disagreement over wages brought an abrupt end to any Serie A return. That has left Everton as the side in pole position to secure his transfer.
According to the Telegraph, Ancelotti’s imminent announcement as the new permanent manager will make Goodison Park a more enticing option for the former Manchester United man. The paper claims that Ibrahimovic was keen on joining Napoli with Ancelotti in charge, therefore his move to the English top-flight will see the forward more ‘interested’ in any potential move.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham was said to be interested in the striker, but his game-time would have been limited while Harry Kane is the first-choice striker.
Fellow Premier League side Everton feel as though his presence could help Moise Kean who has struggled since his £25 million move from Juventus last summer. Also, his presence will give much-needed competition for Richardlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Ancelotti was sacked as Napoli boss is expected to join the Merseyside outfit before the weekend’s fixture with Arsenal. He has already met senior figures at Everton and has agreed his staff list before leaving London for Italy on Wednesday with talks completed, the terms of his Everton contract agreed and with an announcement expected.
The Italian’s backroom staff is likely to include his son Davide, fitness trainer and coach Francesco Mauri and Ancelotti’s son-in-law, nutritionist Mino Fulco, who has worked with him at previous clubs Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Napoli.