Speculation is rife that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United in the coming weeks.
The Swede will become Jose Mourinho’s second signing since his arrival at Old Trafford following the capture of Eric Bailly from Villarreal.
It’s a true sign that United are back as a force to be reckoned with. And there’s great news for supporters, with reports claiming Jose Mourinho is completing a “statement” signing in the near future.
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That has been reported by the Manchester Evening News. Sources have apparently told them that Mourinho expects to seal a deal that “will make everyone sit up straight”.
Ibrahimovic would certainly count as a statement signing. So too would Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who United are said to have made two bids to sign.
But supporters are no doubt hoping that Paul Pogba is the player Mourinho is desperate to sign. The Juventus midfielder is on the cusp of becoming a truly outstanding player and it is thought that Mourinho proved his strong interest in the Frenchman by vetoing a move for Miralem Pjanic.
However, it would take a bid of around €120 million for Pogba to return to Old Trafford, according to Marca, and Real Madrid are the favourites to sign the 22-year-old.
Three more arrivals expected
Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal last month, is believed to want three more players in addition to Bailly.
Sky Sports claim personal terms have been agreed with Ibrahimovic and he will have a medical upon his return from Euro 2016, while United have made a £28m plus add-ons bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Mkhitaryan.
The Red Devils are apparently confident that a deal can be completed with the Bundesliga giants, who value the Armenian at £31m.
And if Pogba is to become the fourth arrival of the summer, it would mark a truly exceptional window for the club.
They would have added dynamism and creativity with Mkhitaryan and Pogba, an attacking force in Ibrahimovic, and a highly-rated centre back to partner Chris Smalling in Bailly.
And, of course, they would have added a manager who wins trophies for fun.
Return to the top
A smile is slowly beginning to appear on the faces of every United fan, and the past three years are being erased from the mind.
The Red Devils finished fifth and seventh in two out of the three seasons since they won the title in 2013. The transition period following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has gone about as smoothly as a celebrity break-up but under Mourinho, there’s definite reason for optimism.