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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Mutu: I can outscore Zlatan in Ligue 1

Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

Adrian Mutu has warned Ajaccio's Ligue 1 rivals that he will be as dangerous a goal threat as Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he prepares to finalise his move to the club.

Mutu, 33, is set for a medical on Monday and is expected to be unveiled as an Ajaccio player on Tuesday, with a two-year deal on the table.

The former Chelsea and Juventus striker is wholly unfazed by the prospect of making his first foray into French football, and believes he has the ability to rival PSG star Ibrahimovic for the Ligue 1 Golden Boot.

"I know well Zlatan, he is a good friend," Mutu told RMC. "We will again be rivals, but from a distance. I take the challenge to see who scores more. Even if he is in a better team, it is not a problem for me. I would bet."

Ibrahimovic and Mutu played together for one season at Juventus (2005-06) but the Romania international will immediately playing catch-up to his former team-mate, who scored twice for PSG on his debut and could add to that total against Bordeaux this Sunday.

Mutu, who has played at Inter, Parma, Chelsea, Fiorentina and Cesena, will join the tenth - and probably last - club of his career having been seduced by the project of ambitious Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni. He could make his debut for the Corsican outfit against Evian on September 1.

''It is a good club for me at a good time," Mutu said. "The president showed me such a passion, I really appreciated the way he spoke to me. It is interesting for me, I want to be a part of it. I want to feel that I am important and useful."

Although Mutu is happy to have agreed to join Ajaccio, the move may never have happened had Orsoni managed to land any of his other transfer targets.

''We were in touch with Sebastien Ribas [now at Monaco], Fernando Cavenaghi [now at Villarreal] and Brandao [who signed in Saint-Etienne]," Orsoni revealed.

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