Thursday November 11 2010
'Capello took Ibrahimovic off Roma'

Fabio Capello proved instrumental in snatching Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Roma, reveals the player's agent.

In the summer of 2004, the Swedish striker was playing for Ajax and heavily linked with a move to the Giallorossi, but Juventus shocked everyone by signing him on deadline day.

“Ibra wanted to leave Ajax, but Milan were not interested,” agent Mino Raiola told Premium Calcio.

“Inter had a tepid interest, while Roma were very fired up for him. Above all it was Giallorossi director general Franco Baldini who wanted him.

“Then, after the Press conference in which Capello said he would never manage Juventus, partly on my suggestion, Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo decided to bring the Roma Coach on to the Bianconeri bench.

“As soon as he arrived, Capello did everything possible to rush through the signing of Ibrahimovic, therefore allowing Juve to beat Baldini and Roma to the punch.”

Capello and Baldini later reunited working for the England squad.

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £9.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: