Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Liverpool? Silly season has started early

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Paris Saint-Germain cornerstone Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been inexplicably linked with a move to Liverpool this week.

In what is arguably the worst Liverpool transfer rumour of the season, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to Merseyside to join Brendan Rodgers’ side in the summer.

After an expletive-laden outburst following PSG’s 3-2 loss to Tiago Ilori’s Bordeaux last week, in which Ibrahimovic declared that France “don’t even deserve PSG,” reports somehow linked the 33-year-old with a move to Liverpool.

According to Metro’s Will Giles: “Liverpool have been made the bookies’ favourites ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City to seal a sensational transfer deal for [Ibrahimovic].”

Giles goes on to quote an unnamed Ladbrokes spokesperson, who claims: “Zlatan’s position at PSG looks precarious, with some calling for him to leave France, but the odds suggest Liverpool would welcome him with open arms.”

But would Liverpool really welcome Ibrahimovic so warmly?

Sure, the hulking Swede is one of world football’s best strikers on form, and his return of 14 goals from 20 Ligue 1 games this season is a testament to his quality.

But as a notoriously individualistic centre-forward, who at 33 years old earns a reported wage of just over £200,000-a-week, Ibrahimovic would jar miserably with Rodgers’ hard-working side.

If the manager thinks Mario Balotelli is bad, just imagine how he’d approach Zlatan’s lethargy.

Rather than an indication of Liverpool’s summer transfer strategy, this link serves more as a miserable indictment of the trajectory of football reporting.

That the source of this much-debated link was one of the country’s least-respected news outlets, who in turn quoted a major bookie as their own source, says everything.

First David Ginola’s Paddy Power-fuelled run for FIFA presidency, now this—where does integrity stand in modern football?

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