The odds of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Manchester United in this transfer window have been slashed after Betfair received a flurry of bets this morning on the PSG forward completing a stunning move to Old Trafford.
Betfair, in a press release sent to GiveMeSport, revealed that Manchester United have been brought down from 20/1 to 5/1 to sign the Swedish captain before September 2.
Ibrahimovic, of course, has been starring in France over the last few years, having been recognised as one of the standout strikers in world football for some time.
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Now, though, at 33-years of age, the forward appears to be past his best, but may finally complete a stunning move to the Premier League before the end of his career.
His former club AC Milan remain the favourites to secure his services, but it appears that Manchester United could yet be in the running.
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Football Trader for Betfair, Michael Bowers commented: “Louis Van Gaal has been making his intentions very clear this transfer window, doing whatever it takes to get the players he wants and now it looks like he could be making a move to poach Zlatan from the grasps of frontrunners AC Milan.
"Milan have been the short price favourites being backed as low as 1/2 to sign the 33 year old, but after a flurry of bets this morning United are now closing the gap and are 5/1 second favourites, with bets still coming in. Will United dare to Zlatan?”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign for before September 2, 2015
AC Milan 4/6
Man United 5/1
Real Madrid 16/1
Inter Milan 20/1
And there may well be a few Manchester United fans who will be over-thinking Louis van Gaal's comments on the club signing a new striker.
The Red Devils chief recently hinted that a surprise name could complete a move to Old Trafford before the close of the window...
He’s in the process,” Van Gaal said. “It’s not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see. The transfer period is open until 31 August. You have to wait.”
Ok, Ibrahimovic isn't the superstar he once was, but he wouldn't make a bad back up to United captain Wayne Rooney.
Perhaps the Swedish skipper would thrive on one final huge move to England - a country he is yet to prove himself in. From Serie A to La Liga, the forward has been there and done it all, except for the Premier League, so perhaps Manchester United would suit him at this stage of his career.
It would be a gamble for Louis van Gaal and Co., but it would certainly be an exciting one...
Manchester United fans: Do you want Ibrahimovic to move to your club? Have your say below!