Manchester United have already missed out on one of their top summer transfer targets as Renato Sanches chose to go to Bayern Munich instead of Old Trafford. However there is some good news for United fans as long term target Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be on his way to Manchester United and the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic announced his departure from PSG yesterday as only he could posting on Twitter: “I came like a king, left like a legend.”
My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend pic.twitter.com/OpLL3wzKh0
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) May 13, 2016
According to a report in today’s Irish Independent Manchester United are the clear favourites to sign the 34 year old much travelled striker. Having already played in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, the Premier League would seem the obvious choice for the Swedish International.
Couple that with the possible arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and it would seem to be the perfect scenario after their previous working relationship at Inter Milan and their mutual affection for one another.
According to the Irish Independent Ibrahimovic has been asking for €380,000 a week after tax, which would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. It is unclear whether United are prepared to pay that much.
However his agent, Mino Raiola, has been in extensive talks and the finances are not a stumbling block.
Ibrahimovic is understood to have turned down the advances of a new contract at Paris St Germain, the MLS with LA Galaxy and the Chinese Super League , which would have been very lucrative.
Today, Ibrahimovic will be given a huge send-off by PSG in their final home league game of the season against Nantes and his last appearance for the club will come against Marseille next Saturday in the French Cup final.
The Sweden captain has netted 46 goals in all competitions for PSG this term, and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 152 goals.
Jose Mourihno’s future will play a big part in his decision to come to Manchester given his history with Louis Van Gaal during his Ajax days. However should Manchester United miss out on the Champions League next season, it remains to be seen if a move to Old Trafford will be as attractive to Ibrahimovic who at 34 will not have too many chances left to finally lift his much sought after first Champions League trophy.
Following next weekend’s cup finals for both Manchester United and PSG it should become clearer where the future of both José Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lie.