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Zlatan Ibrahimovic might not make Manchester United move

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So he has finally signed. After months of speculation the biggest secret in football is finally confirmed. Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Manchester United, and immediately the rumour mill went into overdrive with who he will sign. 

One name coming up over and over again is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It seemed all the stars were aligning for the pair to link up again after the success they enjoyed at Inter Milan back during the 2008-09 season.

A league title and 25 goals, making Ibrahimovic Serie A top scorer. This is the kind of success that has United fans salivating. 

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With the new manager in place, and the Swede leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer once his contract expires, it is sure to happen, right? Or maybe not.

Ibrahimovic's agent has poured cold water on the rumours and reports now suggest a different destination for the Swedish superstar. But why not United? 

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Firstly, the Champions League.

It is the only medal missing from the the striker's collection. Despite 13 league titles, two having been revoked due to the Juventus Calciopoli scandal, Ibrahimovic has never taken Europe's top honour.

He has never even played in a final, leaving the season before Mourinho led Inter to the title.

With United out of the tournament next season, the appeal of the Theatre of Dreams has diminished. Time is running out for the 34-year-old, and with the strength of the Premier League, United are not guaranteed a place in 2017-18 competition either.

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Secondly, the bind between Mourinho and Ibrahimovic is there, but they have only worked together for one season. Another manager has also just moved into place at one of Europe's elite clubs. Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.

Again, the two enjoyed a great relationship and success during their year together at PSG. With Bayern in next season's Champions League, and a squad in less need of an overhaul than United's, this could prove a far more tempting alternative destination.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, and Ibrahimovic would be a perfect superstar replacement despite his advancing years.

Bayern would not be able to match the wages of United, but for a man as wealthy as Ibrahimovic, would the potential glory outweigh the financial rewards.

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And if the next move is about money, the destination could well be China.

Chinese clubs now have the financial might to blow even the Premier League elite out of the water as recent deals for Alex Teixiera and Jackson Martinez have shown.

The chance to become the world's top earning footballer could appeal to his ego. It has always appeared to grate with Ibrahimovic that he does not get the respect of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Even though it would be a lower standard of football, could the appeal of 'best paid player', especially with a reported $1 million per week deal available, be enough to tempt him.

Either way it looks like Manchester United could have to look elsewhere for their summer superstar signing.

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