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Betting: Ibrahimovic 7/1 to be Costa alternative for Atletico Madrid

5:00 PM MYT 28/06/2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United
One of the biggest names in football is likely to be a free agent, and we take a look at the possible destinations with a return to Spain mooted

28 goals in his solitary campaign in English football showed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still more than capable of contributing at the highest level.

Injury curtailed his season and quite possibly his Manchester United career, with the veteran Swedish striker aiming to recover his fitness and secure, in the process, a new club.

The 35-year-old has no shortage of suitors yet it seems as if Zlatan could be on his way to the US. Paddy Power offer any MLS club at just 4/7 (1.57) to be his next destination.

Both LA Galaxy and new franchise Los Angeles FC are reported to have been interested in making Zlatan a major offer to undertake the move across the Atlantic and there has always been a touch of Hollywood about the Swedish forward.

Whether or not the player himself is ready for the drop in intensity and profile that comes with a move away from Europe remains to be seen, and Zlatan may rightly feel that he can still peform in one of the continent's major leagues.

In the last few days, there have been increased suggestions that the former Barcelona striker could return to Spain to play for Atletico Madrid. Los Rojiblancos are in the market for a forward and Zlatan himself may believe he has unfinished business in La Liga after a difficult season in Catalonia all of eight years ago.

The complication, of course, is Atleti's ban on registering new players, yet reports suggest that the Madrid side could allow the player to continue his recuperation from injury using their facilities before registering him in January.  

Atletico are offfered at 7/1 (8.00), the same price as both Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg, and there is little doubt that Zlatan would improve both teams. After four successful years in the French capital, the Swede proved to be a difficult player to replace for the Parc des Princes outfit and he would surely be welcomed back as PSG look to regain their Ligue 1 crown.

Zenit, meanwhile, have the finances to make him a seriouus offer although a move to Russia may not be on the player's radar. Elsewhere in the market, a return to former side AC Milan is offered at 10/1 (11.00) with any Chinese Super League club priced at 14/1 (15.00) and hometown club Malmo available at 20/1 (21.00)