Saturday 16 December 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'convinced' he will be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Man United - reports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he could be playing in the Premier League next season
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he could be playing in the Premier League next season
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahomovic is “convinced” he will be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United next season, according to fresh reports in the French media today.

Ibrahmovic’s links with United have refused to disperse in the last few months, with Mourinho’s much-hyped potential arrival at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal’s successor fuelling stories that the Swedish superstar is destined to join him in Manchester this summer.

Mourinho and Ibrahimovic enjoyed a strong working relationship in their days together at Inter Milan, with the duo speaking warmly about each other in the years since their parting.

Le Sport 10 claim Ibrahimovic is expecting to join United when his PSG contract expires this summer, but it remains to be seen whether the arrival of a striker who will be 35 in October would set pulses racing for the Old Trafford faithful.

Former Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic went public last year to suggest he would never play in England’s top flight, with these comments appearing to shut the door on a move to any Premier League club.

“I think it is too late to come to England,” he stated. “I do not know where I will finish my career. Let us wait and see.”

United's eagerness to sign marquee names encouraged them to recruit Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich last summer, despite the widespread belief that the German World Cup winner was past his best and it has proved to be a less than successful move.

A deal to sign Ibrahimovic would be similarly risky, with no resale value on a striker who is looking to line up the last big lucrative move of his colourful career.

The huge wages and vast signing on fee Ibrahimovic could still demand may mean a move to the free-spending Chinese league is a more realistic possibility for the striker who famously has an ego as vast as his talents.

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