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Thursday July 19 2012
Ibra sale born six months ago

Mino Raiola was thinking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move from Milan to Paris Saint-Germain since the start of 2012.

The Swede completed his transfer on Wednesday after PSG and agent Raiola finally found a compromise over personal terms.

“The project to sell Ibrahimovic started in January when Paris SG signed Maxwell,” Raiola, who also represents the former Barcelona full-back, told Sky Sport Italia.

“Milan’s decision to sell him was a necessary one and in line with the economical conditions of the country.”

The Rossoneri opted to accept a fee of around €65m for Ibra and Thiago Silva, thus allowing two of Serie A’s biggest stars to leave.

“Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is a sincere, honest and a sensible person,” the representative continued.

“He’s disappointed that he has lost two great players in Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

“It’s time for Italian football to change its mentality and come up with new ideas. The top players will no longer arrive in Italy, but the country can develop them.

“We have to realise that an era has come to an end, but I’m certain a new one will start.”

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