Zlatan Ibrahimovic has caused quite a stir in the news today, after hinting towards a potential transfer move to Spain.
The striker's current contract at LA Galaxy is set to expire this December, with there being no news surrounding a renewal at present. In fact, the 37-year old has publicly spoke about leaving the club, comically stating that nobody will watch the MLS should he decide to depart.
With January just around the corner then, various rumours have begun to circulate around Ibrahimovic's next club. In accordance with such news, we've taken a look into Paddy Power's new betting market to see where they fancy him to end up.
Real Madrid the favourites
If anybody can get away with playing for both Milan clubs and then both Barcelona and Real Madrid in their career, it surely has to be Ibrahimovic.
Currently priced at 3/1, Paddy Power have made Real Madrid the favourites to sign Zlatan. Florentino Perez has accumulated a reputation down the years for signing some of football's most illustrious stars and they don't come much bigger than Ibrahimovic. Even at the age of 37, the Swede's marketing power is almost unrivalled in the game and he could fill that 'superstar hole' at the Bernabeu, left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aside from this point, it is quite surprising to see Madrid be made the favourites to sign Ibra. Having just signed Luka Jovic in the summer, plus possessing Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo as it is, the club aren't exactly crying out for a new number nine. Although the Swede has a phenomenal goalscoring record in his career, one has to wonder whether Zinedine Zidane would see him as a necessary signing this January.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona given short odds
Just behind Real Madrid in this betting market is both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, with the La Liga heavyweight trio having much shorter odds than the rest of the league to sign Ibrahimovic. A big reason behind this presumably comes from each club's financial resources, which are clearly much more lucrative than others in the division.
At 4/1, punters may fancy Ibra making the move to Atletico, specifically due to Diego Simeone. In the past, Zlatan has always voiced his pleasure in 'wanting to die' for certain managers, and not many coaches advocate such a mindset more than the Atletico leader. The club have been known for their shrewd transfer business in the past and Ibrahimovic on a free could prove to be a coup for a side that like to operate in a direct fashion.
A return to Barcelona would be quite a surprise, particularly due to Ibra being unhappy with the way he was treated during his time at the club. Despite this, the La Liga champions have been given relatively short odds at 5/1 to sign the striker. Similarly to the Madrid scenario though, one does have to question Barca's intent in signing another forward.
Ernesto Valverde has spent over £300m on attackers since taking the reigns at the Nou Camp and given their dynamic system of playing, it is hard to see Barcelona opt towards signing the 37-year-old.
Every La Liga team given a price
Given Ibrahimovic's cryptic message on Instagram, in which he stated, 'Hola Espana, guess what? I'm coming back', all of Paddy Power's prices are for La Liga clubs.
Moving on from the league's 'big guns' then, both Sevilla and Valencia have odds of 8/1 to sign the forward. Both clubs tend to push for Champions League qualification and such a factor could warrant Ibra making a move to either side.
Real Valladolid, Real Betis and Mallorca have all been given an outside chance at 10/1, with Paddy Power also offering a selection for 'any other Spanish' team at 14/1. Please note, this selection relates to a Spanish club outside of the top division. As mentioned, all the other teams in La Liga have been given some odds, but aside from the ones mentioned, these prices escalate from the 20/1 mark.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic next club odds
- Real Madrid - 3/1
- Atletico Madrid - 4/1
- Barcelona - 5/1
- Sevilla - 8/1
- Valencia - 8/1
- Real Valladolid - 10/1
- Real Betis - 10/1
- Mallorca - 10/1