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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Rostov fan makes big cash offer for son to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's mascot

It's clear people would do anything to be around Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

One man called the offices of Russian club FC Rostov this week and offered 170,000 rubles (close to €2,750, $2,900) to have his son serve as the Manchester United striker's mascot before the first leg of the clubs' Europa League round-of-16 tie on March 9.

Ivan Bodylevsky, who works for the club, shared the conversation on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

"A man called today and offered 170,000 rubles for his son to lead out Ibrahimovic," Bodylevsky wrote, according to AFP. "What people are prepared to do."

In a subsequent message, Bodylevsky wrote that there's "nothing wrong with that" and that he found the phone call entertaining.

"I'm just surprised that people are willing to spend so much money," he wrote.

Bodylevsky said Rostov have never accepted any monetary offer to have children serve as mascots.

United will host Rostov at Old Trafford in the second leg on March 16. Rostov had qualified for the group stage of  this season's Champions League, but dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their group.

Ibrahimovic scored two goals in United's last game, a 3-2 victory over Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday. The 35-year-old Sweden international has scored 26 goals in 34 games in all competitions in his first season at the club.

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