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Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed arguably the best years of his long and successful career in Italy, so it would only be natural to see him hang the cleats after having a last stint in the Serie A.

Therefore, now that the controversial and outspoken striker has kissed the MLS goodbye, he’s been heavily linked with a move back to the boot-shaped country.

And, according to Bologna’s sporting director Riccardo Bigon, the Swedish legend would be open to making a move to his team, even though they have a lesser profile than some of the clubs he’s played for throughout his career.

“With just a month and a half to go before the transfer market opens, Ibrahimovic and the coach already have a very strong relationship. They spoke to each other. He expressed an openness to the idea of coming to Bologna, but right now he’s taking time to evaluate all the possibilities for his future after announcing his farewell to MLS,” Bigon told Sky Italy.

However, the executive admitted that they won’t be in total control of the situation, as it’ll be Zlatan the one to decide the next step he’ll take on his career.

“We are very fascinated by this situation, but it is clear that we are not in control of it 100 percent. The choice is exclusively up to the player, we are just waiting. We’re ready and we’re more than positive,” he concluded.

Zlatan has also been linked with a potential move back to AC Milan, where he thrived the most, with great stints at Juventus and Internazionale as well.

However, it’s unclear what the 38-year-old can bring to the table at this stage of his career after two seasons playing on a less competitive tournament, as well as how will his body cope with the physical demands of Italian soccer, so perhaps he’d be better off at Bologna, where he’d have way less pressure on his shoulders than with the Rossoneri.