Zlatan Ibrahimovic finds himself without a club as he continues his rehabilitation from a double knee ligament tear.
The former Sweden international has confirmed he intends to carry on playing, even if such an injury would spell the end of most 35-year-old's careers.
The striker's Manchester United future was already uncertain even before he limped off the pitch in a Europa League game against Anderlecht, as his contract was always going to expire this summer.
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However, widespread reports suggest that Ibra's time at Old Trafford may not be up after all.
Having contributed 17 league goals last season, he had no problem proving himself in English football and had he stayed fit, he would surely have been rewarded with a new deal.
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Since his release, Romelu Lukaku has come in to replace him as United's first choice striker. As the season wears on, though, it's quite possible to see how Jose Mourinho could feel the need for both forwards, particularly as United will be competing on four fronts.
ESPN report that while Zlatan was originally told he could have a new contract when he completed his recovery, he's actually set to sign one this week.
Mourinho, who worked with the maverick at Inter Milan, wants him around the club not simply because of his goals, but also because of his influence on young players in the dressing room.
One downside for Zlatan
And from a commercial point of view, Ibra's return would be huge. Imagine the shirt sales alone.
For the man himself, there is a catch, and that is that he will not be on the same wages as he was picking up last season. Following his arrival from PSG on a free transfer, he was reportedly earning around £220,000 a week.
Now that he is a year older and has had a serious setback, he's no longer in such a strong position when it comes to negotiating terms.
It hasn't deterred him, as he is willing to reject a move to LA Galaxy - who are supposedly moving away from their ageing Galactico policy - in favour of staying in the Premier League.
United have already scored eight goals in two games so far this season, so reintroducing Ibra into that line-up could make them truly frightening.
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