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Football: Juve coach Conte talks to Ibra - report

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has spoken to Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a possible return to the club, an Italian newspaper report claimed Saturday.

Ibrahimovic's 26 goals in 28 Ligue 1 games for Paris Saint-Germain have put the French capital club within sight of a first title since 1994.

However, recent speculation suggests the Swedish international striker is keen on a quick return to Italy, where he has previously played for Juventus (2004-2006), Inter (2006-2009) and AC Milan (2010-2012).

A report in Gazzetta dello Sport in midweek claimed Ibrahimovic and his wife had been house-hunting in Milan.

And on Saturday Gazzetta claimed Juventus coach Conte had personally contacted Ibrahimovic to express his admiration for the player.

The report added, however, that Juventus would only be prepared to pay PSG 10 million euros ($13m) for Ibrahimovic, who would be paid 7.5m euros annually plus bonuses.

PSG bought Ibrahimovic for a reported 21 million euros from AC Milan last summer.

Despite lacking a centre forward with a killer eye for goal this season, Juventus have been Serie A's strongest side and require seven points from their next six league games to secure their second consecutive Scudetto under Conte.

Juve had hoped to sign a leading striker for their Champions League campaign earlier this season.

But after losing out on Didier Drogba, who signed for Galatasaray, Juve agreed terms with Athletic Bilbao and Spain striker Fernando Llorente, who will sign a four-year deal with Juve on July 1 when his Athletic deal ends.

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