Wednesday 18 October 2017

Transfer gossip: Manchester United linked with £57m move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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

Of all the outlandish rumours we've seen over the last few years, this one ranks somewhere in the middle.

According to the Daily Express, via Spanish website Don Balon, United are considering making a £57m bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Don Balon, which has never misled us in the past, claims that Louis van Gaal has met Zlatan's representatives to discuss a possible move next summer.

United have drawn their last three matches 0-0 so naturally the obvious solution is to spend more than £50m on a the 34-year-old with probably a year or two maximum left at the top level.

In any case, PSG are unlikely to accept anything less than £73m, so United might have to stick with poor old Wayne Rooney up front.

Another attacking player United have been linked with is Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.

United have reportedly sent scouts to Germany watch the Turkish playmaker who has impressed this season with his creativity and deadly set-piece delivery.

According to German publication Bild, United could make a move for the 21-year-old in January, though he would cost around about £28.9 million.

ESPN claims that Manchester United may face an unlikely rival in their pursuit of Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

According to The Sun, Bayern Munich are "looking at stars for the future" and are considering a £50m move for the England forward.

United spent £58m on Anthony Martial, and it has been rumoured that they would consider a similar bid to try and prise Kane away from north London next summer.

Finally, Arsenal and Manchester United want to sign young defender Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.

The highly-rated left-back is valued by Leicester at around £15m and featured in the Capital One Cup tie against Hull City last week. Comments Facility

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