Zlatan Ibrahimovic might soon join Manchester United if sources are to be believed. Sky Sports reports that Ibrahimovic has expressed willingness to join Manchester United, but on one condition.
According to the report, the Paris Saint-Germain player might join United only if its manager, Louis van Gaal leaves this summer. Ibrahimovic and the Dutchman share a strained relationship. It all started when he played under Ronald Koeman at Ajax and Van Gaal was the technical director of the club.
The Swedish international also talked about his strained relationship with the United coach in his 2011 autobiography, I am Zlatan.
Manchester United has been criticised a lot under Van Gaal. The team has scored only 39 Premier League goals this season. They even lost 3-0 at Tottenham yesterday, making it their fourth defeat in the last 10 Premier League games.
Ibrahimovic meanwhile, will be out of his contract with Paris St Germain at the end of this season. Sources report that he is considering all options. FOX Sports reports that an unnamed Chinese Super League club is offering £56 million (approx 70M euros) to Ibrahimovic over two seasons. Another Chinese club is willing to pay him £28 million (approx 35M euros) per season.
West Ham have also expressed interest in buying Ibrahimovic. Describing him as a “fantastic player”, the club’s co-owner said last month that they would love to sign him but won’t be able to pay huge money like the Chinese clubs.
Zlatan however, is reportedly more interested in moving to Old Trafford. He believes that he could show his full potential there and play for another two years. More recently, he was accused of doping by a Swedish trainer.
Trainer Ulf Karlsson made shocking headlines when he accused the Paris Saint-Germain of doping while at Juventus.
“Zlatan put on 10 kilos in six months during his time at Juventus. I think he was doping, that’s how it seems to me. I am convinced of it,” he said.
Zlatan’s manager, Mino Raiola denied the allegations and confirmed that they will take legal action against Karlsson.
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