Football: German minnows make Ibrahimovic cheeky offer

Sweden's forward and team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic attends a training session in Bastad, Sweden, on June 1, 2016.
Sweden's forward and team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic attends a training session in Bastad, Sweden, on June 1, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked to a high-profile transfer to Manchester United, but that has not stopped German minnows Rot-Weiss Oberhausen (RWO) trying to sign the Swedish superstar.

The semi-pro club, which plays in Germany's fourth division, has offered a contract to Ibrahimovic following his release from Paris Saint-Germain to play for them after leading Sweden at Euro 2016.

While the German club cannot compete with United's wealth, size, support and standing in the game, they have nevertheless come up with a creative package to offer Sweden's all-time top scorer.

The offer was posted on the club's website under the headline "RWO and Ibrahimovic in negotiations" next to a picture of the Swedish flag.

The deal includes introducing a monarchy to the city of Oberhausen and making Ibrahimovic king, the club's fast-food stands would replace traditional German bratwurst with Swedish sausages and a local brewer would rename their beer Ibrahimovic Pilsnener.

As if that was not enough to tempt Ibrahimovic, the offer includes building a new stand with supplies from Swedish furniture giants IKEA.

"The player will decide in the next few days," concluded the statement. "We are cautiously optimistic that he will make a positive decision in the direction of RWO."

The club are now waiting to hear from Ibrahimovic - and are fully aware the call may never come.

"Our media relations officer apparently has nothing better to do on a Wednesday night," RWO's president Hajo Sommers told German broadcaster Sport1 on Thursday. "He thought that, given the whole current transfer madness, an announcement like this would go down well, so he knocked one out."

Sommer has offered to pick Ibrahimovic up from the airport and take him on a sightseeing tour of Oberhausen in Germany's Ruhr Valley.

"That would be a whole new experience for Ibrahimovic," added Sommer.