Manchester United confident of securing striker deal before end of transfer window - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Manchester United are convinced that they will re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the current Premier League leaders are confident that the 35-year-old will put to paper on a new deal at Old Trafford before the end of the month.
The newspaper reports that the Swede is set to be offered a short-term contract and the terms will be considerably reduced from last season’s deal.
The report claims that Ibrahimovic will be ruled out of action until the new year but United manager Jose Mourinho is eager to have him enlisted for the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
The charismatic striker signed for the Manchester club on a free transfer last season and he enjoyed a sensational debut campaign, finishing as the team’s top goalscorer with 28 strikes to his name.
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The Swede played an instrumental role in helping United win the League Cup and the Europa League last season.
The Manchester giants decided to release the striker after he picked up a severe knee ligament injury in April but he appears to have recovered quicker than expected and he could potentially feature for the Red Devils later this season.
Football Insider verdict
Securing the Swede’s signature could potentially put United in the driving seat to clinch their first Premier League title since 2013. Ibrahimovic was an absolute revelation last season and his winning mentality could prove to be pivotal to see Mourinho’s men get over the line this season. Of course, United have already invested a lot of money in Romelu Lukaku who has enjoyed a sensational start to his career at Old Trafford but Ibrahimovic’s presence around the changing room and on the training field would be immensely important for the Belgian as he could learn from one of the best strikers of his generation. It will be interesting to see whether the Swede will walk straight back into the starting line up when fully fit or take a back seat and be used as a impact substitute.
In other Manchester United news, Mourinho to launch bid to sign Real Madrid first teamer (not Bale).