?Everton have joined the list of sides eyeing a move for soon-to-be free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with one report claiming initial contact has been made with the Swede’s representative, Mino Raiola.
Zlatan confirmed he will not sign a new deal with the Major League Soccer side and will therefore be without a club when his current contract expires at the turn of the year.
Moves linking the 38-year-old with moves across Europe have emerged since though, with the striker’s most likely destination seemingly a return to Serie A, where he had spells with ?AC Milan, Inter and Juventus. A move back to San Siro has been the most discussed possibility, but it now appears that ?Everton have added themselves to the interested parties.
According to one source, ?Arena Napoli, the Toffees are said to have contacted his agent Raiola, with the striker aware he ‘still has admirers’ in the Premier League. Supposedly, Everton feel they are in with a chance of luring him to Goodison Park, having worked with the notorious super agent in the past.
Romelu Lukaku is one of his clients, with the Belgian enjoying a successful four-year stint on Merseyside prior to moving to ?Manchester United. More recently, though, Moise Kean made the switch from Juventus over the summer, with the club working with Raiola during the course of that deal.
The report adds that Everton want to ‘evaluate the margins of a possible acquisition’ and would be willing to offer Ibrahimovic €4m per year in wages, this figure being after tax. If those terms were to be agreed on, it would take the evergreen frontman ahead of the club’s current highest earner Bernard, who is on around €3.7m per year.
It would be a deal until the end of the season, with the Malmö-born star receiving a €200k signing on bonus for making the move. Should his stint for the Toffees prove fruitful, then the club would be willing to extend his stay further, although whether or not Zlatan would be keen on the switch is another matter.
Interest in the forward is understandable, but at this point in his career he may seek an avenue with slightly more stability, as Everton remain without a manager and hovering dangerously over the ?Premier League relegation zone.