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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 18:  Luciano Narsingh of PSV in action during the Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven held at Amsterdam Arena on December 18, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Swansea City on verge of landing Dutch, Swedish national teamers

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If Paul Clement and Swansea City go down, it will not be without bringing in more talent for the fight.

The Premier League’s relegation strugglers, who fired Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley between the summer and January transfer windows, appear close to adding an exciting attacking talent.

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Wales Online has the report that Swansea will purchase PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh for a cut-rate price of around $5 million.  The same outlet quotes same price for Norwich City back Martin Olsson, who has almost 150 Premier League appearances with the Canaries and Blackburn.

Narsingh, 26, has 16 caps and four goals for the Netherlands, and has been an effective contributor to PSV since arriving from Heerenveen in 2012.

Swansea needs backs more than anything, so the Olsson signing feels more pressing, but someone to take the pressure off Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente is a big step for the Welsh side. We’re sure Bradley and Guidolin are envious of the addition, but both are still minor purchase (in terms of price, not value). Let’s see who else arrives at Swansea, but this is promising.

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Ibrahimovic wins libel case over doping claims in Sweden

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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STOCKHOLM (AP) A Swedish court has fined the country’s former national track coach for accusing Zlatan Ibrahimovic of doping during his time with Juventus.

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The Varmland District Court handed Ulf Karlsson a fine of 24,000 Swedish kronor ($2,650) for defaming the Manchester United striker with comments made during a panel discussion last year.

Karlsson said, without presenting evidence, that he was “convinced” that Ibrahimovic doped because he gained “10 kilograms of muscles” within one year while at Juventus. He made similar comments to a local newspaper.

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Though Karlsson later issued an apology to Ibrahimovic, the Sweden striker filed a defamation lawsuit.

Ibrahimovic, who has never tested positive for doping during his career, played for Juventus from 2004-06.

Manchester United: Ibrahimovic blasts “rubbish” critics

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United scores but has the goal disallowed after he collides with Goalkeeper, Victor Valdes of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on December 31, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Few expected Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring his explosive Ligue 1 scoring rate to the Premier League, but the 35-year-old striker has come close.

After scoring 38 goals in 31 league matches for Paris Saint-Germain last season, Ibrahimovic has netted 12 in 18 for Manchester United heading into 2017.

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Overall, he has 17 goals in 27 appearances. It’s quite the 51 in 50, but it’s enough to shut up the critics. And it wouldn’t be Zlatan if he didn’t buttress his actions with words.

From the BBC:

“Every year the Premier League has been calling me but I wanted to come here when everyone thought I was over the hill. They said it would not be possible but I always make them eat their words.”

“Criticism gives me a lot of energy. Critics get paid to talk rubbish. I get paid to play with my feet. That is how I enjoy it.”

It’s easy to make an argument that he gets a bit more money for the attention he provides off the field, but point taken.

The Red Devils visit West Ham United to start the new calendar year. Watch the match at 12:15 p.m. EDT on NBCSN or online via NBCSports.com

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Zlatan says Man Utd target Lindelof “ready for the big clubs”

NAPLES, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Victor Lindelof of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between SSC Napoli and Benfica at Stadio San Paolo on September 28, 2016 in Naples, .  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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News broke Monday that Manchester United were on the verge of sealing a deal for Swedish center back Victor Lindelof of Benfica.

His former international teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic issued some comments about the 6-foot-2 22-year-old on Tuesday, and should have United fans excited about the 11-times capped back.

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At the very least, Lindelof would provide cover when Eric Bailly leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations next month. The Red Devils also have Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo in the fold.

From Sky Sports:

“He is growing. He has a lot of responsibility with the national team now. Is he good enough for United? I think he is ready for the big clubs out there. It is up to him what he wants and what the situation says. Whatever he chooses, it will be good for him. I know he is hot on the market so let him make the right choice for him.”

Benfica drew Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, while United has Saint-Etienne in the Europa League’s Round of 32.

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Mourinho: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will spend second year at Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United attempts to volley the ball past Ron-Robert Zieler of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 24, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Cool the jets on the MLS talk, even if it was initiated by Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match vs. Feyenoord, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his big Swedish striker will spend at least two years with the Old Trafford set.

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Ibrahimovic’s finish hasn’t been at his outrageous Ligue 1 levels for obvious reason, but he’s still among the top chance producers in the Premier League. He has eight goals, six in the PL, in 17 appearances in all competitions.

Ibrahimovic turns 36 in October.

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