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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Leonardo announces Ibra deal

ESPN staff

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed "the deal is done" to sign AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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PSG have already snapped up his Milan team-mate Thiago Silva as part of a €65 million double swoop and have now settled personal terms with Ibrahimovic after days of wrangling with his agent, Mino Raiola.

The 30-year-old Sweden international has agreed a reported €13 million-per-annum, three-year deal and will undergo a medical in Paris on Wednesday morning.

"We have reached an agreement, the deal is done," Leonardo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a PSG player, he can write our history."

"This is a big year for PSG. That a player of his calibre has come to Paris, it's enormous. This is a player who could change everything. ''

PSG have scheduled an official press conference at the Parc des Princes for Wednesday afternoon, when the former Barcelona striker is expected to be unveiled.

"Zlatan is very excited," Raiola told Le Parisien after finalising talks with PSG. " This is not a player that you can force to do what he doesn't want to do. He's very excited at the idea of taking on this challenge. PSG was his first choice."

The 30-year-old Ibrahimovic, who had a contract with Milan until June 2015, was Serie A's top scorer last season, netting 28 goals as the Rossoneri finished runners-up to Juventus.

PSG are also expected to present Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti to the press on Wednesday.

The big-spending French club - who will play in the UEFA Champions League next season after finishing second in the league last term - also purchased Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli earlier this month.




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