Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been widely tipped to make a long-awaited move to the Premier League in the summer and Manchester United appear to be keener than most.
Naturally, United are one of the only clubs capable of matching Ibrahimovic's astronomical wages, but their obvious need for some quality up front means he could actually add quite a lot to the cause.
While Ibrahimovic would no doubt be willing to consider a move to the Red Devils, he will only do so if Louis van Gaal is sacked at the end of the season. According to the Telegraph, the Swede has told friends that he would “not walk through the door” at Old Trafford if the Dutchman was in charge.
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The pair have not worked together for over 10 years – when Ibrahimovic played for Ajax and Van Gaal was the sporting director – but the Swede obviously knows how to hold a grudge.
Ibrahimovic called Van Gaal “a pompous ass” in his autobiography and last year said: “The way he is working is not the way I work."
Champions League aim
There is also a potential problem with regards to Champions League football. The 34-year-old has still not won the European Cup and his agent confirmed it is one of his main aims before he retires.
Mino Raiola, this week said: “Zlatan’s sole priority at this moment is to end the season well. Zlatan knows what he wants to do. He wants to play in the final of the Champions League, and if possible to win it.
“Zlatan is motivated and all clubs who offer him a contract know that. He doesn’t need to continue for financial reasons, he wants to prove himself at the highest level, just as he has the other years when people thought he was too old.
“I’m not saying the financial aspect is not important at all, but his motivation is not money. If you are the best, you must be paid as the best.”
However, Manchester United are struggling to qualify for the competition and could be without it for the second time in three seasons. They currently sit one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League but must also overcome a difficult run in to surmount them.
Ibrahimovic could be coaxed to Manchester United by Jose Mourinho, who has been tipped to take over if Van Gaal is sacked. There is some doubt as to whether the divisive Dutchman will indeed be dismissed, but there is no denying that the Special One would give them every chance of bagging one of the world's best players.
Ibrahimovic retains a strong relationship with Mourinho after their short time together at Inter Milan and has made no secret of his desire to work under his tutelage again.
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