According to the Daily Express and a host of other British tabloids, Manchester United are set to hand Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic a big money one-year contract at Old Trafford.
The imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils boss seems to have ignited United’s interest in the former-Internazionale star.
Still going strong
There will be the inevitable concerns about the striker’s age and the fact that he is entering the twilight of his career, but his statistics from this season speak for themselves.
In 51 appearances for French club PSG the enigmatic striker scored 50 times, which is the best goals tally of his career.
It is a major surprise that the Parisians are allowing the Swede to leave, but with his contract expiring this summer maybe the striker has decided to enjoy his swansong elsewhere.
At 34-years-old he is still looking like a top player. Ibrahimovic is still going strong because his game is based on sheer football intelligence. He never relied on pace, so getting older has not really affected his game that much.
In fact he has stated that in his own typical confident way that he feels better than ever and he is only just getting started. A lot of clubs were being linked with a move for the striker, despite his reportedly massive wages and he is still regarded as one of Europe’s finest strikers.
Mutual appreciation society
There seems to be a mutual appreciation society going on between the striker and soon-to-be-United boss Mourinho. Both have praised the other in the past and Ibrahimovic has recently talked about Mourinho being a big influence on him during their time together at Inter.
The Portuguese boss has also talked the striker up in the past and maybe they understand each other, as both have giant egos, but both have massive ability to back their egos up.
Mourinho has a reputation for getting close to his players and from his words it seems that Ibrahimovic was one of those players. The fact that the Swede could be his first signing speaks volumes for how highly Mourinho must rate him.
The Portuguese boss likes to sign proven and experienced players and there is not many players who have as much experience and proven quality as Ibrahimovic in the modern game.
Manchester United needs real characters
Manchester United are odds of 5/1 to win the Premier League next season. The imminent arrival of the highly-rated Mourinho as boss has obviously affected those odds.
United have lacked true characters at the club. Former boss Louis van Gaal was a character, but he was not the sort of character who could drag United out of their slump.
Mourinho is charismatic and controversial and those United fans saying he is too controversial must have forgotten that former-boss Sir Alex Ferguson was not exactly a wallflower.
The former-Chelsea boss is the sort of boss that can attract the world’s biggest players, like Ibrahimovic, even if he is 34-years-old. United have lost some of their pulling power in recent years under David Moyes and Van Gaal.
Mourinho will bring some of that attraction back to the club, as he is a boss that players seem to want to play for, except some at Chelsea of course.
To bring back the glory days Manchester United needs to be signing players of the calibre of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is a quality player, but some will say that he is too old and is not a long-term signing. However, there are very few players who can match his goal scoring tally in the last decade in European football.
I doubt many United fans will care about his age if the Swede helps the Red Devils get back to closer to the summit of the Premier League.
For me signing Ibrahimovic as a free agent is a no-brainer for United or any other Premier League club. His quality has been proven and he will lift any team just by his sheer presence.
Would Ibrahimovic be a good signing for Manchester United?