On Friday, besides Wales’ history-making win over Belgium at Euro 2016, football fans all over the world were talking about Manchester United finally announcing the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Having retired from international football following Sweden’s exit from the tournament, the out-of-contract striker stated on Thursday via social media that United would be his next destination, and the deal was confirmed by the FA Cup winners a little over 24 hours later.
A few hours after the Red Devils revealed the capture of the former Paris Saint-Germain star and Swedish captain, David de Gea took to Twitter to share his opinion on the club’s latest acquisition.
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As you can see by his tweet below, United’s number one has welcomed Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford as new boss Jose Mourinho looks to turn the 13-time Premier League champions into title contenders once again:
De Gea & Ibrahimovic are world-class
For the first time in years, it seems as though United will have truly world-class talent at both ends of the pitch. De Gea, who started every game for Spain at the Euros, has won the club’s Player of the Season award for three consecutive seasons and the 25-year-old has firmly established himself as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, Zlatan has won an astonishing 13 titles in the 15 seasons of his glittering career thus far, including one at Inter Milan in 2009 under Mourinho. The 34-year-old arrives in Manchester on the back of a record-breaking 50-goal campaign for PSG and leading Les Parisiens to total domination of French football.
Who’s next after Ibra?
So, De Gea has hailed the signing of Ibrahimovic, but it looks like the big Swede won’t be the Spanish shot-stopper’s final new teammate this summer. Earlier today, Borussia Dortmund confirmed that they had accepted a bid from United for playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan – the fee is believed to be around £26 million.
Last month, defender Eric Bailly moved to Old Trafford in a £30 million deal to become Mourinho’s first signing as Man United manager. The “Special One” is also keen on bringing Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba to the club, however both French stars will prove very costly.
There is no question that Ibrahimovic’s wow factor and worldwide status make him one of United’s biggest signings in recent memory. The enigmatic centre-forward’s arrival is a serious statement of intent from Mourinho, who continues to improve the quality of his new squad ahead of the 2016-17 season.
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