Giovanni Trapattoni says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still world class, insisting AC Milan should still look to sign him despite his age.
The 33-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker has been linked with a move back to the Rossoneri as they continue to invest in the first-team after last season’s poor 10th place finish.
Despite the acquisition of Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano, Milan are still looking to boost their attacking options and Trapattoni believes Ibrahimovic would be a good signing.
“I don’t fear thirty-year-old players,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Ibrahimovic is world class, a champion with a good head and personality – he is a unique character, but it’s up to the coach to work with him.”
“They need a defender, but if he costs half of Milan like Romagnoli, then it’s better not to. Better to get a free transfer or an internal solution.”
San Siro rivals Inter are also splashing out to improve their team and Trapattoni is optimistic about their future.
“It’s good that Mancini has a president who wants to spend money,” he added. “Although he appears to want immediate results…
“With the Geoffrey Kondogbia transfer, the problem was that too much was out in the open.
“At Juve, but also at Inter, we didn’t give names to newspapers. Otherwise public pressure forces you to spend.
“Inter and Milan are rebuilding, Lazio, Roma and Napoli are already strong, but Juve have the advantage, also because of the atmosphere there.”