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Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing in the Premier League would be the true test of his quality

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has plied his trade at some of the biggest clubs across Europe, having won several honours with Ajax, Juventus, both Milan teams, Barcelona and PSG.

The serial league winner has won 13 league titles in his last 15 seasons, having served as the talisman for all of his clubs.

However, the big Swede has yet to feature in the Premier League, something fans in England would greatly relish and critics would be keenly interested in.

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Ibrahimovic's ability is undeniable but the Swedish captain's calibre would be truly tested in England, due to the relatively challenging nature of the game.

Possible move to Manchester United

Recent rumours have indicated that Ibrahimovic could be close to securing a move to the Premier League, particularly Manchester United.

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According to the Independent, the Swede's agent, Mino Raiola has said: "Moving to Manchester United would be a beautiful thing. It's a great team with a great coach. I've made my decision, but it has not yet taken".

The agent who also represents Henrikh Mkhitaryan, added: “He's really busy with the Euro. Out of respect to his country, the fans and the coach must be professional and concentrate on that.”

United fans are eagerly waiting for the former Juventus player to make a decision on his future and would surely love to see the Swede in a red shirt.

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The 34-year-old is yet to confirm his decision for next season, but has not shied away from pouring admiration on the Red Devils as well as their new manager, Jose Mourinho, stating his good relationship with the former Inter boss, further adding fuel to the rumours.

Ibrahimovic's true test

Unlike the slow and tactical game the Serie A and La Liga are accustomed to, Zlatan would be exposed to a much quicker and more physical style in England. There will be less time on the ball, with opposition players hurrying to close in on the man with possession.

In addition to that, playing in the rain and bitterly cold weather during the gruelling Christmas period could take its toll on even the great Swede. Therefore, the PSG striker may find it difficult to adjust to the league, at least at first.

Other previously prolific strikers such as Andriy Shevchenko and Radamel Falcao failed miserably during their stint in England, further emphasising the demanding nature of the league.

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Also, the Premier League has proven to be more competitive than previous seasons, as evident from Leicester's fairytale title win and Tottenham's brave challenge.

Promising seasons for West Ham and Southampton have added to the competitive nature of the league, not to mention perennial giants Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, who will all look to dethrone the Foxes next season.

In recent years, PSG have been head and shoulders above the rest of the French league, having drawn concerns regarding the competitiveness and overall quality of Ligue 1. Therefore, Ibrahimovic has barely been challenged in France.

The Swede would, therefore, face the difficult task of suddenly going up against a plethora of quality teams and players on a regular basis.

If a move does go through, the former Inter man's chances of success would greatly depend on his role in the team. Mourinho worked with the striker for a season during his time in Inter and as mentioned above, Zlatan has a great deal of admiration for the two-time Champions League winner.

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The Swede is known to be most comfortable and prolific if deployed as the main striker, with the team built around him, as evident from his iconic role at the Parc des Princes.

Hence, the veteran's success in England, and more importantly at Old Trafford, could depend on how the Portuguese manager chooses to deploy the forward in the team.

The 34-year-old veteran has often expressed his desire to play until the age of 40 and strongly believes that he is just getting started, which would delight United fans.

However, they might have to wait until after the Euros to find out the legendary striker's decision.

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