Atlético Madrid linked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic move

Tuttosport says Ibrahimovic, who is to be released by Man Utd, could complete his injury return at Atleti before being registered in January
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Atlético Madrid linked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic move

Atlético Madrid are continuing their search for a striker to add to their options after serving their transfer ban - with Zlatan Ibrahimovic now in the frame.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's rejection of Atlético's appeal against their two-window suspension means they cannot register signings this summer, complicating moves for targets such as Alexandre Lacazette and Diego Costa.

Atleti to snap up Zlatan and register him when fit, says Tuttosport

And, according to reports in Italy, the situation might just see Los Colchoneros turn to Swedish forward Ibrahimovic, who is currently out with a serious knee injury. 

Tuttosport says 'Ibra' could join the Spanish capital club and complete his rehabilitation there, before being registered on his return to fitness.

Ibrahimovic in Tuttosport.

Ibrahimovic in Tuttosport.

Ibrahimovic, who had a season in LaLiga with Barcelona in 2009/10, is expected to make his comeback in the New Year, coinciding with the lifting of Atleti's ban.

He spent last term at Manchester United, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances, but is to be released by the Premier League club at the end of June.

Ibrahimovic salary, age the major hurdles to Atleti switch

The chief stumbling blocks to such a deal would be the player's high salary - which would be mitigated by his arrival on a free transfer - and his age.

However, Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, has underlined his client's desire to remain in Europe, despite having big-money offers on the table from further afield.