Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have plenty of big clubs chasing his signature come the summer, and Manchester United will be amongst them.
Or so say French newspaper L’Equipe, in any case, as relayed by The Independent. News from across the Channel is that United have made Zlatan one of their top targets for the end of this season, with the Swede expected to leave the Parc des Princes when his contract runs out.
Unless PSG opt to hand the 34-year-old another deal in France it looks likely that he’ll finally ply his trade in the Premier League. He’s previously hinted he’d like to do as much before he hangs up his boots, and it’s difficult to play down given the obvious interest in his availability.
Only yesterday did Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirm that his client had already made up his mind on where he wants to be playing next season. Raiola refused to disclose details of the decision Zlatan had arrived at, but did cite a ‘clear idea’ of what is going to come next.
Raiola refused to disclose details of the decision Zlatan had arrived at, but did cite a ‘clear idea’ of what is going to come next.
"We know what we want but we won’t say anything until the summer when the season is over," Raiola is said to have told Expressen.
"We have a clear idea of what we want to do. I know what he’s counting on doing but we don’t want you to know for the moment."
The other suitors
Interestingly, United look to have lost one competitor for Ibrahimovic before the race has even got going. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed he believes the former Juventus and Barcelona star is out of his club’s league - that would leave just United, Chelsea and Arsenal as registered options on these shores.
Other reports of late have suggested that Ibrahimovic would prefer the Gunners if he isn’t handed a new deal by Laurent Blanc, whilst Chelsea face a summer of change after what’s been a disastrous season and so can't be ruled out altogether.
The latter's continued interest will obviously depend on whoever it is that assumes control from Guus Hiddink at the end of the current campaign.
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