Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Point

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Talking Point

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IN the space of 94 incredible minutes Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed exactly why Europe's biggest clubs have been prepared to lavish their riches on him - and why Roberto Mancini was so desperate to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.

Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and most recently Paris St Germain have paid more than Pounds 130m between them to lure the enigmatic striker to their respective clubs.

And how Mancini would have loved to do the same - identifying the player with whom he won two Serie A titles at Inter as perfect for City.

Ibrahimovic did not fancy a move to the Blue half of Manchester when they were still a work in progress - but it could have been a different story had the Premier League champions made a concerted effort to sign him last summer.

Instead, he was allowed to leave Milan for Paris in a Pounds 15.7m deal while Mancini set his sights on Robin van Persie.

In truth, the Italian already has a stellar array of forwards in Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli who he will struggle to keep happy throughout the campaign. …

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