AC Milan Amid Speculation Over Zlatan Deal

​AC Milan have met with super-agent Mino Raiola, with the potential signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought to be high on the agenda as Milan look to recruit in January.

Milan are in the midst of an injury crisis. Ivan Strnic, Halkan Calhanoglu and Alessio Romagnoli have all picked up knocks in recent days, taking the injury count to seven, and according to ​Milan News, the club have turned to Raiola to discuss potential solutions.

The meeting, reported to have lasted four hours, is thought to have centred around ​Ibrahimovic, who Raiola counts among an extensive list of high-profile clients, as ​Milan are keen to secure his return to the club for whom he scored 56 goals in 85 games between 2010-12.

Ibrahimovic, 37, currently plays for LA Galaxy in MLS, and has scored 22 goals in 27 appearances since joining from ​Manchester United - recently winning the league's Goal of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards.

Another topic on the agenda is expected to have been the injury to Giacomo Bonaventura, who is also a Raiola client, and isn't expected to return until well into 2019.

While the other 'market solutions' reportedly discussed haven't been named, the report claims that Raiola has become an ally to the club in their current 'emergency' situation, so it would come as no surprise to see a few of the agent's clients arrive at the San Siro in January.

Among the more high profile of his clients are Manchester United pair ​Romelu Lukaku and ​Paul Pogba, as well as PSG's Marco Verratti and Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for return to Manchester United

Ibrahimovic missed the end of last season after damaging knee ligaments, forcing him to have an operation in the United States.

And his time at Old Trafford looked to be up after United rejected the chance to trigger a 12-month contract extension, with Ibrahimovic expected to be out of action until January.

But the 35-year-old striker has returned to United’s Carrington training base to do his rehabilitation and is ahead of schedule. And it has emerged that Ibrahimovic has spoken to United about a short-term deal after targeting a December comeback, with club’s able to sign free agents outside of the transfer window.

Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton in a £75m deal but allowed Wayne Rooney to travel in the opposite direction and was keen to bring in another forward to bolster his ranks.

But the United boss is confident of having Ibrahimovic available again for the second half of the season and will now focus his attention on signing a winger instead.

Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan remains his top target, although United have thus far been unwilling to match the Croatian’s £48million valuation.

But Inter manager Luciano Spalletti has admitted he could be ready to let Perisic go if the price is right, saying: “If someone comes in with a very difficult offer to reject, then we’ll consider that.”

One player United are confident will not be moving this summer is their goalkeeper David de Gea, despite Real Madrid’s continued interest.

The Spanish side are still keen to sign De Gea before the start of the new season and United are bracing themselves for a bid.

But United are determined to keep him at Old Trafford and have put an £80m price tag on the Spanish international.

And Old Trafford sources have told Express Sport they are sceptical about whether Real have the funds to sign De Gea given they have earmarked a world record £161m for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Source: Daily Express

Tyrone Mings gets 5 match ban!

AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban with immediate effect, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at the FA.

Following the charge listed to them both Mings and AFC Bournemouth contested the charges today.

The FA said in their statement:

"The defender was charged with violent conduct in relation to an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game against Manchester United on Saturday [4 March 2017] which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video. Furthermore, The FA claimed that the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed would be ‘clearly insufficient’. The player denied both the charge and the claim, however, both matters were found proven and a two-match suspension was added by the Commission to the standard sanction for violent conduct."

A statement from Bournemouth read:

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"Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission's decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday's incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available, but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as 'proven' when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.

It is our strongly held belief - backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character - that it was an accidental collision. Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.

We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards - the last of which came in April 2015."

Bournemouth will be without Mings until Tottenham on April 15.

Zlatan gets three match ban!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is banned for three games after admitting FA violent conduct charge.

Ibrahimovic will begin his three match suspension in the domestic league immediately. He will miss the monday night F.A. Cup clash with Chelsea as well as games against Middlesbrough and West Brom.

He initially claimed Tyrone Ming's jumped into his elbow but I'm sure the Manchester officials persuaded him not to proceed with that claim.

Zlatan and Ming's both charged by the FA!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday. Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 to reply to their charge.

The FA has also "submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’", which would indicate that a longer ban would be on the cards for Tyrone Ming's if found guilty.

What's interesting is that everyone is in agreement that the retaliatory elbow on Ming's is clearly intentional. There is debate over whether Ming's intentionally stamped on Zlatan's head during the game. In a number of clips that seem to be circulating under the intense media pressure over these incidents it is seen that half of you (and I'm included) cannot see any body language to show intent. Initially as Zlatan crumbles to the floor over Rooney, Ming's can be clearly seen looking at the ball and running towards it. On the floor in front of him is Rooney and Zlatan. As he looks to be trying to clear both of them he is still clearly looking at the ball and over stretching, which I think he is making an attempt to avoid contact.

What follows is a matter of conjecture and clearly dividing the media and the fans, with the majority of United fans calling for justice, whilst ignoring Zlatan's blatant elbow that follows.

The only person who knows is Tyrone Ming's, and if he says he didn't mean it, I don't think there is sufficient evidence to say he did it intentionally and thus cannot be charged.

If he did, then its one of the most shocking challenges I have seen and nothing short of a life ban would suffice in my book. There is no place for that in modern football and it sends a terrible message and example to kids up and down the country.

It will be interesting to see what the responses are by Tuesday, whether both clubs accept the charge and await their punishment or if Ming's will actually defend his actions. He has to, and doing so will suffer the wrath of the FA if he is subsequently still found guilty and a lengthy ban awaits.

United have no choice but to accept the charge on Zlatan and the fact that he is stating Ming's head-butted his elbow just adds a further twist for the media's pleasure.

In another twist, Rooney says he had full view of the stamp in condemning it and supporting his team mate - sorry Wayne your looking the other way!