Manuel Pellegrini recently announced that 22 year old Abdisalam Ibrahim is free to leave after spending a year on loan with Norwegian side, Stromsgodset. The Somalian midfielder has been under contract with the Citizens since 2010 but has got to play just once for the English side. Since 2011 he was on loan with Scunthrope United, NEC and with his current team with which he won the title in Norway.
Arsenal look interested in making a move during the winter transfer period considering Ibrahim will be available free of charge. Manchester City told their player they will not ask for any money for a transfer even if his contract is up at the end of the season.
Abdisalam Ibrahim has been playing for Norway’s national teams since he was 15. He is now a member of the U23 line-up and is looking to make his way to the big team. With the title already won with Stromsgodset, he has until January to decide which way to go. Wenger could sign City’s player considering he seems keen on finally getting a chance to perform in the Premier League.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners may have to fight for Ibrahim’s signature with Everton, Celtic, Hull and even Stromsgodset. The Norwegian side could still make an offer for their current player considering he was a team regular with 33 appearances and 5 goals during the 2012-2013 season which just ended.
Arsenal could use a player like Ibrahim. He fits the Gunner profile considering he is only 22. The problem is the Norwegian international will probably want to play at least as much as he did for Stromsgodset. Currently Arsenal have one of the strongest midfield sections in the Premier League and it is a bit hard to believe City’s player will find his place at the Emirates. Even Ibrahim must be aware he is not on the same level as Ramsey or Wilshere who are both part of the same generation as the young midfielder. Another issue that could come between Ibrahim and his Arsenal transfer is the fact that he lacks experience when it comes to the Premier League.