Ancelotti 'could be reunited with Zlatan' if he takes over at Everton

Carlo Ancelotti ‘could be reunited with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Everton’ if he takes over as boss at Goodison Park

  • Carlo Ancelotti is in talks with Everton about replacing Marco Silva as manager
  • Should he take over, reports suggest Zlatan Ibrahimovic could follow him
  • The Swedish striker is a free agent after deciding to leave MLS side LA Galaxy

Carlo Ancelotti could make a sensational swoop to sign free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic should he take the job at Everton.

Ancelotti is currently in talks with the Toffees about their vacant managerial role following the dismissal of Marco Silva earlier this month.

The Italian boss has not lost hope of being reunited with the Swedish striker and the pair could end up together in the Premier League, according to Rai Sport pundit Paolo Paganini.

Carlo Ancelotti (L) could be reunited with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) should he take over at Everton

Ibrahimovic, 38, is now a free agent having left LA Galaxy last month and is being linked with AC Milan, Bologna and Napoli.

He played under Ancelotti for a season at PSG, scoring 35 goals for the French giants as they won the Ligue 1 title in 2012-13. 

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has poured cold water on any chance of the forward coming to the Stadio San Paolo in January, which could free him up for a move to Merseyside.

Ancelotti himself even joked about bringing Ibrahimovic to Napoli while managing the club in October.

‘I’ll call him tonight and say we’re waiting!’ Ancelotti joked after Napoli’s 2-0 win over Hellas Verona.

Ibrahimovic (left) played under Ancelotti (right) at French champions Paris Saint-Germain 

Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals for LA Galaxy after joining the club back in March 2018

‘I have a great deal of affection for him, I saw he scored 29 goals in 30 MLS games. Tomorrow, after I’ve called him, I’ll let you know how it went!’

While Ancelotti is the favourite to succeed Silva at Everton, the club issued a statement on Monday to declare that no deal has been finalised as of yet.

It read: ‘In the 11 days since Marco Silva left the club, the Everton board has been working to recruit a new permanent manager – and has held meetings with a number of candidates.

‘We can confirm that thus far no contract offer has been made and no candidate has chosen to withdraw from the process.’

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