​AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was available on a free transfer after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 38-year-old let his contract with the Major League Soccer side expire to pursue a return to Europe, and has joined Milan for the rest of the season with an option for one year further. 

​Milan were one of a number of sides who quickly expressed an interest in Ibrahimović, and I Rossoneri have now taken to their ​official website to confirm his arrival.

"I am returning to a club that I respect enormously and to a city that I love," said the striker. "I will fight with my teammates to change the course of this season and I will do everything to achieve our goals."

Milan fought off competition from several different sides, including ​Serie A rivals Napoli and Bologna, while there were even links to both ​Everton and ​Tottenham Hotspur, but those rumours have now been put to bed.

For Ibrahimović, he is now set for a third spell at San Siro and a second with Milan. He initially joined the club back in 2010 on loan from ​Barcelona, before sealing a permanent switch the following summer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

He left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, having racked up an impressive 56 goals and 24 assists from his 85 games with I Rossoneri.

Ibrahimović won the Serie A title in the 2010/11 campaign, but he now joins a Milan side who are struggling in the middle of the table.

Scoring goals has been a major problem for Stefano Pioli's side this year. Having managed just 16 goals all year, they have fallen to 11th in the standings and are well behind in the race for European qualification.

Stefano Pioli

Krzysztof Piątek and Rafael Leão have managed just five goals between them, while left-back Theo Hernández is their joint-top scorer with four.

The hope is that Ibrahimović, who bagged 31 goals in as many games for LA Galaxy last season, will be able to fire Milan back up the league table and salvage something from this otherwise disappointing campaign.

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