Various media outlets have reported that Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be confirmed as Manchester United’s latest signing before the start of Euro 2016 next week.
Chief Executive of the Red Devils Ed Woodward reportedly met with Ibrahimovic’s representatives this week to finalise a one-year contract, as new boss Jose Mourinho looks to make his first marquee since taking over the reigns at Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic would join United on a free transfer after his deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain came to an end, and is expected to be confirmed before Sweden’s match against Ireland on June 13, their opening fixture in the European Championships.
The forward played a key part in Inter Milan winning a Serie A title under the tutelage of Mourinho in 2009 and was reportedly the only striker the Portuguese manager was interested in signing.
Although the former Malmo FF, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan has been linked with a move to United as far back as the start of May, the move gathered pace ever since Mourinho was announced as the successor to Louis van Gaal.
After winning league titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and France, the Premier League title is the one Ibrahimovic reportedly craves.
Ibrahimovic had several offers to consider, including a return to Italy or a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, but after his agent Mino Raiola met with the United brainstrust, the 34-year-old believes the move to Old Trafford is the right one for him at this stage of his career.