Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be the signing that Manchester United fans think he will be, according to David Ginola, who has called on the Red Devils to reject the PSG star in favour of homegrown talent.
The Swedish legend is believed to be on the lookout for a new club this summer after refusing to extend his contract with PSG beyond the current campaign. Time is running out for the 34-year-old and it is believed he wants to make his mark in the Premier League while he is still at the top of his game.
With huge wage demands and an even bigger commercial appeal, Manchester United are unsurprisingly interested in signing him. Should Ibrahimovic's great friend Jose Mourinho take charge, it seems a move to Old Trafford would become a matter of 'when' not 'if'.
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And with 37 goals in across all competitions this season, including 30 in Ligue 1, there is every reason for United fans to want this deal to go through.
But former Premier League star and one-time FIFA presidential hopeful Ginola believes Ibrahimovic is not all he is cracked up to be. The Frenchman thinks Manchester United would be better off keeping teenage talent Marcus Rashford up front.
Stick with youth
Speaking on talkSPORT, here's what Ginola had to say:
"He is reaching 35 and is probably at the end of his career. I don't think it should be an option for Louis van Gaal or whoever is in charge next season.
"It is better to build a team around the youth and what they are doing at Man United right now with [Marcus] Rashford, [Jesse] Lingard and [Anthony] Martial, I would rather see that.
"Louis van Gaal has spent £200million on players and at the moment, he is relying on 18-year-old kids. What is the point [of spending that money]?
"We are looking for teams and massive clubs like Man United to invest very significant amounts of money on the youth and the academy.
"Barcelona for 10 years worked really hard to bring talent from the academy right up to the first team and that is exactly what they have done. I see the future going that way rather than spending hundreds of millions on players.
"I don't want to see mercenaries in football. I want to see people who know inside out what the history of the club is all about and when you wear the shirt, you really play for them."
A mercenary? That is a big claim to make about one of the game's most effective strikers. Wherever Ibrahimovic has gone, he has brought success with him and if money is what he was after, he could look towards the Far East.
Recent reports have claimed that there are several lucrative offers on the table from China with one believed to be worth £54million over two seasons. Ibrahimovic, however, seems ambitious to add to his vast medal collection. Having said that, he certainly will not come cheap for Manchester United.
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