When a player of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s quality becomes available on a free transfer, there is bound of be plenty of interest.
The Swedish striker may be 34-years-old and reaching the end of his career, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of performing at the highest level.
While some clubs may have been put off by his advancing years, those that looked at his goalscoring record in recent years would have realised that he’s still got it - epitomised by his 50 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions last season for Paris Saint-Germain.
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We all know that Ibrahimovic decided to join Manchester United this summer to reunite with Jose Mourinho but it certainly wasn’t the only offer he - and his agent Mino Raiola - received.
In fact, Raiola has revealed the amount of money his client was offered before he decided to sign for the Old Trafford club - and it’s ridiculous.
Unsurprisingly, that particular bid came from the Chinese Super League and the yearly salary was outrageous.
“Ibrahimovic is the best. He turned down €100m net from the Chinese. He doesn’t want more money, he wants to win,” Raiola told Italian newspaper II Giornale, per The Sun.
Turning down such a lucrative contract is his age is commendable, especially considering the incredible career Zlatan has already enjoyed.
But after winning titles in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, Ibrahimovic clearly wanted to complete to clean sweep by winning the Premier League with United.
And the Red Devils will be delighted that he opted to play at the Theatre of Dreams, rather than a final pay-day in China. He has already notched six goals in 10 appearances in all competitions and looks set to remain at the club longer than the one-year contract he signed in the summer.
While Ibrahimovic deserves praise for turning down a humongous offer from China, he is bound to be earning plenty of cash for Mourinho’s side whilst playing in one of the best league’s in the world. So let’s not feel too sorry for him.