OFFICIAL: Zlatan Ibrahimović leaves Barcelona for AC Milan

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AC Milan completed a deal to take striker Zlatan Ibrahimović back to Italy on Saturday night, just 12 months after leaving Serie A to join Barcelona.

New signing Zlatan Ibrahimović holds up his AC Milan shirt during a presentation
New signing Zlatan Ibrahimović holds up his AC Milan shirt during a presentation

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The former Inter Milan player, who arrived at the Camp Nou last summer in a big-money switch, had been heavily linked with a return to Italy.

And a four-year deal worth €24 million has now been agreed, with Ibrahimović set to join Milan on a year-long loan before signing a permanent deal at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old is due to undergo a medical on Monday before, if all goes well, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract with the Rossoneri.

A statement on the Barcelona website read: "FC Barcelona and AC Milan have agreed a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimović to move to the Italian club on loan for the 2010/11 season with the Rossoneri paying all his earnings.

"The agreement includes an option to buy for AC Milan, which they will exercise at the end of the season, for a value of €24 million."

A Milan statement confirmed: "AC Milan announce the signing from FC Barcelona of Zlatan Ibrahimović, on a free loan with the option to buy for €24 million.

"The Swedish champion will undergo his medical on Monday morning, after which he’ll sign the contract tying him to the Rossoneri for four years."

Ibrahimović was delighted to finally see the two clubs reach an agreement over his future.

He told Sky Italia: "I'm delighted. Everything has been resolved in the best possible way even though the situation was not easy.

"Now I return to Milan with a different team than Inter and life goes on.

"Milan are one of the strongest clubs in the world, for the team and the tradition it has.

"With (Alexandre) Pato and Ronaldinho, we have a fantastic attack. Now it depends on us. I think Milan fans will have fun watching the three of us play at the stadium."

However, the return to the San Siro will not sit well with the Inter supporters he walked out on a year ago.

Ibrahimović added: "I don't think they care about me now that they have won everything last season.

"The situation that was created at Barcelona has given me a lot of adrenaline and now my dream is to win everything with Milan."

Assuming he passes the medical, Ibrahimović will become one of a small number of players to have played for Italy's big three teams – Milan, Inter and Juventus.

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