Zlatan Ibrahimović made one last statement before seeking his contract renewal with AC Milan, netting two goals against Sampdoria in a 4-1 season finale to put a bow on the Serie A season. Yet the conversations with the club are still significantly apart, as far as the money is concerned.
Zlatan's agent, Mino Raiola, is seeking a cool €6 million for the 6-foot-5 striker to remain with the club next season, while Elliott Management has only offered a fixed salary of €4 million, per Pietro Andrigo of Milan News. The €2 million ($2.3 million) difference is vast, but there is no disagreement over the length of the contract, as Ibra is only willing to commit for next season.
The perennial scorer tallied his No. 49 and No. 50 goals for the Rossoneri — the first coming off a thumping header in the opening minutes and the second off a deft left-footed finish off a Hakan Calhanoglu assists from a counterattack play.
Zlatan Ibrahimović became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in a single Serie A campaign. The Swede has found the back of the net 10 times in 18 appearances, as well as setting up another five — a noteworthy production for a 38-year-old.
AC Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini noted he sees Ibrahimović as part of the club next season:
“We have created something this season which needs continuity. Zlatan is part of this project,” saidMaldini, according to ESPN. “It won't be any easy negotiation but we want to move forward with him. In attack with him we feel content, then there are Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao as well as other young players who can grow exponentially with him. That is our line.”
While asking an extra 50% seems like a large bridge to cross in negotiations, the club offered Zlatan Ibrahimović a fixed salary of €4 million compounded with bonuses linked to the team results and personal objectives. Should both sides make a few concessions, the Swede could be back in red and black next season to build on his striking return to Serie A.