Friday 23 February 2018

'Manchester, welcome to Zlatan' - billboard erected to mark Ibrahimovic's United move

A banner has been erected to welcome Zlatan to Manchester
A banner has been erected to welcome Zlatan to Manchester

Callum Davis

The great man has not even been officially unveiled yet, but Zlatan-fever has officially broken out in Manchester.

With Manchester United expected to sign for the club on Friday afternoon, a banner welcoming the iconic striker has been unfurled at the Arndale Shopping Centre in the Manchester.

The banner has been hung on Market Street right above an Adidas store; the sportswear brand who also manufacture Manchester United's kit.

It reads: "Manchester, welcome to Zlatan," and echoes a similar stunt following Carlos Tevez's controversial move from United to Manchester City that read: "Welcome to Manchester".

The banner looks directly over Manchester City's official club shop which is located just metres away from Market Street.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended months of speculation on Thursday afternoon by confirming his next move would be to Manchester United.

The 34-year-old announced the move on Instagram with the caption: "Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United. #IAmComing."

The former PSG striker is understood to due to undergo a medical on Friday afternoon. There were even reports that a helicopter filmed flying over Old Trafford contained the striker and his representatives.

It is unclear who is responsible for the banner with Manchester United yet to officially confirm the Swede's move.

Ibrahimovic is likely to pen to paper on a one-year deal that will earn him £225,000-a-week with an option for a one-year extension.

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