Zlatan Ibrahimovic is all set to don the famous red jersey of Manchester United and will be Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford. The 34-year-old is currently a free agent after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired. United will announce his capture within the next 48 hours. The Swede has agreed to a one-year deal with an option of extending it another year.
If reports are to be believed then Ibrahimovic was keen to wrap up any signings before he heads to Euro 2016 leading his Sweden national team. The main reason for the 34-year-old to choose United was his good relationship with soon-to-be United manager Jose Mourinho. Both had a brilliant working relationship during their time at Inter Milan, according to Mirror.
It is being rumored that Manchester United will declare the announcement of their next manager Jose Mourinho within the next 48 hours. Mourinho to United is one of the worst kept secrets in football and the Portuguese’s signature on the contract’s dotted lines is just a formality.
Mourinho wants to begin his work of rebuilding United as early as possible and he sees Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a main piece within his jigsaw puzzle. The 53-year-old wants to complete the transfer business early before most of the players head for Euro 2016.
The Old Trafford hierarchy is aware that they need to stock Mourinho with enough funds so that he could reshape United into champions once again. There are several players on the transfer market who the “Special One” has highlighted to sign.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager wants to strengthen the spine of United. For this purpose, his major transfer targets are, James Rodriguez of Real Madrid, Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain, John Stones of Everton and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund.
If Manchester United is able to rope in Ibrahimovich alongside the above mentioned targets, then they could seriously challenge for the Premier League title next season under Mourinho’s guidance.
Ibrahimovic will reportedly be available for a fee of $365,000-a-week contract. The Swedish maverick being a free agent will help in his capture.
Meanwhile, the players who are expected to leave Old Trafford after the arrival of the Portuguese manager includes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Juan Mata.
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