Italian media outlet Tuttosport claimed on Monday that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be in line for a switch to LaLiga outfit Atlético Madrid. The Swede, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury, is set to be released by Manchester United, and is thought to be being considered by Los Colchoneros.
Yalcin: Atlético have spoken to Ibrahimovic agent
And despite Atlético so far denying the speculation, Ibrahimovic's cousin, Selman Yalcin, has revealed that the 35-year-old is indeed in Atlético's thoughts, with the Madrid side establishing contact with the player's camp.
"Atlético are talking to his agent, Mino Raiola," Yalcin said. "His contract with Manchester United will finish on 15 July. At the moment he's training on his own at United, but he has options."
According to Tuttosport, 'Ibra' would complete his rehabilitation at Atlético, before being registered by Los Rojiblancos when their transfer ban is lifted in January.
Ibrahimovic partner said to be after Italy return
However, Yalcin added that a transfer to Spain may be scuppered by the player's partner, Helena Seger, who he says is keen for a return to Italy - where he has had spells at Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan - while he also said that the forward has been a target for David Beckham's mooted Major League Soccer project.
"Zlatan has a very good relationship with Beckham and has received an offer from Beckham's team in the United States," Yalcin commented. "Miami United FC offered 100m euros for four seasons, but he and his family want to stay in Europe."