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Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees AC Milan reunion

By Vincent Ashitey
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Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make an astonishing return to AC Milan as the Italian giants near securing their former front man following his stint in the United States.

The 38-year-old left LA Galaxy after they were dumped from the MLS play offs by arch rivals LA FC, but has shown no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.

The former Sweden international outlined his desire to return to Europe, where he enjoyed so much success in his pomp, and it looks like former club Milan will win the race to sign the 6ft 5in striker.

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According to Italian newspaper Repubblica, Stefano Pioli's side have secured the services of the star, and will announce his arrival on December 30. 

Ibrahimovic has signed an 18-month contract and will receive almost 5 million euros, bonuses included, with director of football Zvonimir Boban and Milan legend Paolo Maldini fundamental in bringing Ibrahimovic back to the club.

It is unknown which shirt number Zlatan will take, with Krzysztof Piątek currently wearing the number 9. Zlatan could ask for shirt 81 instead.  

Ibrahimovic will return to the San Siro for the first time since 2012, where he enjoyed a two-year stint in the Italian capital, scoring 56 goals in 85 games and winning a Serie A and an Italian Super Cup.

Milan have seen off fierce competition from domestic rivals Fiorentina, Bologna and Rome to bring the striker back. Ibrahimovic is said to be most fond of Milan, despite also playing for arch rivals Inter and Juventus. 

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The Milan he rejoins is in a far different state to the one he left for Paris seven years ago. Pioli faces an uphill task in making this season a positive one. Having taking over from Marco Giampaolo earlier this season, Milan are eleventh in Serie A approaching the halfway mark of the season.