Date: 18th September 2020 at 11:31am
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The talismanic striker, Zlatan Ibramhimovic would have signed for Hammarby over AC Milan if it hadn’t been for three unexpected factors according to the club’s sporting director, Jesper Jansson. Appearing on the podcast Lundh in Sweden, Jansson claimed that if it hadn’t been for the Coronovirus, the decision to hold games behind closed doors and Milan’s late surge in the table then Zlatan would now be plying his trade in southern Stockholm.

The Swedish striker currently owns 23.5% of the Stockholm based club, a move that angered fans of his boyhood club Malmö FF, located in the country’s third largest city. A bronze statue of Ibrahimovic was subsequently vandalized in Malmö in protest.

It appears that Ibrahimovic remains unfazed by the controversy choosing instead to train with the Stockholm club during the lockdown in Italy. The decision sent the rumour mill ablaze with reports that the striker who has played for Malmö, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United and LA Galaxy would join Hammarby. Now, according to the club there was some truth to these rumours.

Ibrahimovic has now signed for Milan until 2021 and will face Shamrock Rovers on Thursday in the Europa League on Thursday. The best online sportsbooks currently have Juventus as favourites to win Serie A.

AC Milan are currently competing in the Europa League with a fixture against Shamrock Rovers on Thursday. Arsenal remain favourites to win the Europa League with their North London rivals, Arsenal as second favourites, followed by AC Milan. Hammarby, the club Zlatan part owns, is also competing in the Europa League – in the unlikely event the two would meet, it is unlikely that Ibrahimovic would be allowed to play.