AC Milan are reportedly ready to sacrifice three players in January in order to free up funds and space to pave the way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return.
The former Sweden international is being lined up for a sensational return to Milan after confirming this week he will be leaving LA Galaxy after two prolific years in the MLS.
Ibrahimovic stated earlier this year that he still has the ability at 38 to make a difference in Italy’s top-flight and according to La Gazetta dello Sport, Milan are prepared to offer him £3.5milllion in wages.
AC Milan are ready to sell three players to raise funds and free up room for Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Milan want to sell Franck Kessie (left) and Ricardo Rodriguez (right) in the January window
The Italian outlet claim Milan, who are languishing in 14th position in the Serie A table, will first look to raise £52m by selling Fabio Borini, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez when the window opens in January.
Milan have outlined their winter transfer targets, which includes Ibrahimovic, and have put Borini, Kessie and Rodriguez up in the shop window to accommodate new signings.
However, Ibrahimovic is said to have some reservations about returning to Milan for a swansong, having established a strong reputation at the club during his two years at the club where he helped them win their last Serie A title.
The veteran forward also has several options on the table with Napoli and Bologna expressing interest in him.
Attacker Fabio Borini (right) is another player Milan are hoping to part with in January
Ibrahimovic spent two successful years at Milan between 2010 and 2012