KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden looks on at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and England at The Olympic Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Joins Paris Saint-Germain

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined up with Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain, completing the most audacious transfer of the summer.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Signing Announced By Paris Saint-Germain

After a lengthy delay, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been confirmed as a Paris Saint-Germain player. Part of PSG's double raid on Serie A stalwarts, AC Milan, Zlatan had initially refused to accept his new club's wage offer, leading to an extended tug-of-war between his agent and the club. But now, things are resolved (presumably the Swede got what he wanted), and Ibrahimovic's move to Ligue 1 is complete.

Milan's two best players are now in Paris, with centre back Thiago Silva having already been announced as half of the €62M deal, and they join Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez in France's capital, all under the auspices of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. It's a worrying sign for the Serie A -- they're hemmorhaging players to an upstart nouveau riche club -- but a highly interesting turn for French football. Is Ligue 1 on the way to becoming relevant, or is this going to be an Anzhi Makhachkala-esque situation? Time will tell.


AC Milan Confirm Sale Of Thiago Silva

AC Milan have confirmed the sale of Brazil defender Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain today, a move which officially completes half of the double swoop that astonished football fans around the globe on Thursday. Silva, 27, is widely regarded as one of the foremost centre halves of his generation, and his acquisition as part of a supposed €62M deal that will also see striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to the Parc des Princes.

Silva would start for any team in the world, and will shore up a defence that had looked shaky despite some major investments over the last twelve months. However, it's not entirely clear that the mercurial other half of this deal is particularly interested in moving to Ligue 1 -- persistent rumours that Ibrahimovic is demanding significantly more money than PSG have so far offered might lead to this merely being an incredible deal for one world class player rather than two.


Losing Zlatan Hurts; But Thiago Silva Is Irreplaceable - AC Milan Offside

News that Paris Saint-Germain had performed an outrageous double swoop for AC Milan superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago SIlva rocked the football world on Thursday. Most of us have, by now, adjusted to the new reality of PSG as a legitimate European power. Two groups presumably have not -- fans of the Ligue 1 club who now have a Swedish demigod to play with, and heartbroken Milanistas who've had him taken away.

And, yeah, it's not just Zlatan. While Thiago Silva doesn't have the flair or raw star power that Ibra possesses, he's the more valuable talent. No centre back on Earth save Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany can compare to the Brazilian, and at 27 years old he has plenty of football left in him. Gianfranco, over at the AC Milan Offside, agrees, pointing out that Silva is the real loss here:

We can replace Zlatan, and once Pato breaks again, we will understand that maybe it is Destro, Lukaku, or whoever you fancy, but the real issue is Silva. How do you replace Silva? Maybe you go after Astori, no need for explanation here, or Dede, and you pair that player with Acerbi with the intention of building the back line of the future of AC Milan, I get that, I appreciate that, but I need some assurance that this money is going towards the right purchases. Not getting a boyfriend for Berlu's son, in the form of Andy Carroll, a raise for Pato, to please Barbara, and a few Bunga Bunga parties, because then my support, as tested as it has been, will surely run out.

And he's right. There are star strikers around, even if none of them plays quite like Ibrahimovic does. Milan could reasonably hope to acquire one with the €62M that's just dropped into their pockets. But there are no more Thiago Silvas for sale, no matter how much purchasing power Milan now have.


Berlusconi Confirms Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva To PSG

The major Italian calcio outlets, La Gazzetta and Corriere Dello Sport, are both reporting that the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva has been confirmed. AC Milan owner and president, Silvio Berlusconi, spoke about the sale, saying both players would wear the Paris Saint-Germain shirt next season. In his typical Berlusconi way, he also bragged about saving €150 million euro with the sale of both players -- we're going to assume that has something to do with Ibra's €12m per season wages, as the reported price for the former rossoneri was said to be in the region of €65m.

Zlatan may be one of the best footballers on earth (he'll certainly tell you so) but considering his wages, selling the Swede was very good business for Milan. More worrisome is trying to replace Thiago Silva. The rossoneri may have managed second last season, but their defence still had its moments of weakness. The Brazilian was the true bright spot at the back, and finding an adequate substitute could take some doing.

Meanwhile, PSG should start their party: everyone knows that where Zlatan goes, trophies follow.

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