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Manchester United to move for €380k-a-week Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jason Burt

Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30

Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps the ball away from Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger
Paris Saint-Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps the ball away from Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Reuters)

Manchester United have emerged as the clear favourites to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The 34-year-old striker has  decided he finally wants a crack at playing in the Premier League and United are prepared to meet his wage demands.

Paris Saint-Germain confirmed yesterday that Ibrahimovic will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. There had been talks about a 12-month  extension, with the Swede having enjoyed an outstanding campaign, but terms could not be agreed.

Ibrahimovic has been asking for €380,000 a week after tax – which would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League – and while it is unclear whether United are prepared to pay that much, it is understood that his agent, Mino Raiola, has been in extensive talks and the finances are not a stumbling block.

Ibrahimovic enjoyed a strong relationship at Inter Milan with Jose Mourinho, who is pushing hard to become the next United manager should Louis van Gaal leave at the end of this season.

LA Galaxy are a viable alternative for the forward but it seems he wants to continue in one of Europe’s top leagues and will then possibly move to the United States.

Ibrahimovic has turned down astronomical offers from the Far East – including one to become the marquee player for the Chinese Super League which would have paid him £1 million a week – and Raiola has held discussions with a number of Premier League clubs.

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. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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