Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United has almost rumbled on for as long as the Jose Mourinho saga.
The legendary Swedish striker has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for months with his contract expiring at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but a deal couldn’t be struck before he headed off to Euro 2016.
However, after Ibrahimovic and his Swedish side crashed out of the tournament at the group stages, the 34-year-old is now free to join up with Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams.
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And Sky Sports have just provided a big update on the potential deal. They have reported that Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical at the Carrington training ground next week to finalise the move.
Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from international football after Sweden only picked up one point from their three group matches against Ireland, Italy and Belgium.
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And, after a short break, Zlatan will travel to Manchester to complete the deal which is believed to be a one-year contract. His agent Mino Raiola, and United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, agreed the contract before this summer’s tournament and all that is missing is a successful medical and Ibrahimovic’s signature and he will become a United player.
United fans have taken to Twitter to express their giddy excitement at Zlatan's imminent arrival:
Unsurprisingly, the report states that United don’t expect any complications from the medical as Ibrahimovic is said to be in “excellent physical condition.”
The enigmatic striker has already spent one season playing under Mourinho during the 2008/09 season where they won Serie A - and it’s clear they have a very special relationship.
Mourinho once said: "A player who gave me as much as Ibra will always be in my heart. He did a lot for Inter and Inter did a lot for him. I like seeing Ibra. I greet him whenever I get the chance to and I wish him all the best - except when he plays against me. He is very special, he is one of the best strikers in the world."
While Ibrahimovic has said the following about Mourinho: "We worked together for one year at Inter. The feeling was great between us and my only regret is that we were together for only one year."
No matter who you support, you’ve got to admit it’s going to be brilliant seeing Zlatan and Mourinho working together again in the Premier League. Whether Ibrahimovic can replicate his form last season where he scored 52 goals is doubtful but one thing is for sure; it’s going to be entertaining.