Manchester United fans were left disappointed yesterday when the “big bomb” Zlatan Ibrahimovic promised ended up being the unveiling of his new fashion range and nothing more.
The Swede is still expected to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on a free transfer, although he was willing to give nothing away at the launch of his new A-Z sportswear brand.
“You will have to be patient with me,” Ibrahimovic told fans on Tuesday.
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The 34-year-old remains a Paris Saint-Germain player until June 30, the date his contract formally expires. A clause tied into his contract means Ibrahimovic and his agent, Mino Raiola, will receive a large loyalty bonus from the French champions should he see out the remaining days.
The Telegraph claim it is this that is delaying the move. Both Ibrahimovic and Raiola want to cash in and, fortunately for them, United are willing to let them do so.
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It means the announcement will be delayed until next month. Sorry, United fans. Those red ‘Ibrahimovic’ jerseys can’t be bought just yet.
With the European Championship just days away, it seems unlikely that a deal would be completed even if Ibrahimovic wasn’t holding out for his bonus.
Not that the former Barcelona ace is in desperate need of more money. He’s leaving one mega-rich club to join another, and the Telegraph’s report claims that he will earn £250,000-a-week at United.
Ibrahimovic teased United fans yesterday when he was asked to provide an update on his future.
“There is no confirmation. No saying ‘yes’. You will have to be patient with me. I want you to keep wondering where I will go, keep making stories, and when I am tired I will let you know when my next destination is,” he said.
“My future is A-Z. There will also be A-Z in Manchester.”
Leicester City snub
Having graced the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France in a glittering career, it only seems right that Ibrahimovic’s journey continues in England.
He has won titles in all of the aforementioned leagues and watched Leicester City miraculously lift the Premier League trophy last month.
The Foxes stunned the whole world by defying odds of 5,000/1 to be crowned English champions.
But did Zlatan, watching from Paris, join in with the excitement of Leicester’s miracle? No.
“Pah, Leicester had their time,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “Will it happen again? It is not easy.”
It’s for comments like that why the Premier League needs Ibrahimovic.