Milan claim Zlatan talks imminent

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims he will hold talks with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Wednesday with a view to brokering a deal to sign Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Milan have stated previously the former Inter star was out of their price range but Galliani now believes there is a chance of luring Ibrahimovic back to the San Siro.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "The negotiations are officially open for Ibra. On Wednesday I will meet Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell. It will be difficult and we have not yet spoken of the economic aspect."

Ibrahimovic joined Barca last summer from Inter in a 66million euro deal that saw the Catalan giants give the Italian club 46million euros plus striker Samuel Eto’o in exchange for the 28-year-old.

He struggled in his first year in Spain and the arrival of Spain striker David Villa has only increased speculation he will be on his way.

Despite Galliani’s optimism, the player’s agent is confident his client will remain at the Nou Camp.

Mino Raiola told Sky Italia: "I believe it’s an impossible operation.

"Barcelona have made us understand that they don’t want to sell. I have spoken with the club and Guardiola doesn’t want to sell him.

"We are honoured by Milan’s interest and that of many other clubs who want Zlatan. It makes us very happy to know that Berlusconi and Galliani respect him. But we need to see the reality and Zlatan in red and black is an impossible operation."