By Danny Wright
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to urge Rafa Benitez to sign up Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer after being made available for a free transfer.
The Premier League have recently announced in a surprising revelation that Manchester United have decided against extending his year-long deal at Old Trafford despite scoring 28 goals in all competitions this season.
The league’s official website has the talismanic Swedish striker missing from the United retain list, meaning that he has been released by the club.
Ibrahimovic suffered a serious knee ligament injury towards the end of the season, which could have been the deciding factor in United’s decision.
Either way, his one-season stint in the Premier League has proved to be more than successful for the former Paris St. Germain star after original doubts about him being able to keep up his form across the English Channel.
Newcastle fans believe that now is their time to snap up the 35-year-old as they begin preparations for their return to the Premier League.
Benitez is expected to make big changes to his squad over the summer and the Toon Army firmly believe that Ibrahimovic could make a move to St. James’ Park, with one fan saying it’s “time to roll the dice”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Justin 🎄 (@JustinTerrett) June 9, 2017
I'll be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Teddy Bear if he signs for the Toon #nufc
— Toon Teddy Bear (@toon_teddy_bear) June 9, 2017
Come on Newcastle go for zlatan #nufc
— Asa Bartlett ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@asabart14) June 9, 2017
Zlatan Has Just Used Ajax, Barca, Inter, Juventus, AC Milan, PSG And Man Utd As A Stepping Stone For #NUFC
— Sam Chipperfield (@SamChipperfield) June 9, 2017
Ibrahimovic made 46 total appearances during his season-long stay at Old Trafford, scoring 28 goals and supplying ten assists.
He scored 17 of his goals in the Premier League as United finished in sixth place.
In other Newcastle news, fans have offered their thoughts on Benitez confirming he is in talks with this forward.