Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the striker has recovered from his knee injury.
Ibrahimovic’s contract at Old Trafford reached a conclusion at the end of last season and with the 35-year-old expected to be out until the New Year after surgery, it appeared as if his United career was over.
LA Galaxy and new MLS franchise LAFC are both interested in signing Ibrahimovic, yet Mourinho hasn’t ruled out the prospect of handing the Swedish striker another short-term deal.
Mourinho said: "If the decision is to stay and wait until December – he can't be back until them – why not wait? We are speaking and changing ideas.
Jose Mourinho will not rule out a move for Matic and says Ibrahimovic could sign a new contract in December
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"We wanted to let him make a decision – space and time to think and decide.
"He didn't want to hide behind an amazing injury. That would be easy. He was not happy in the way he finished the season. He made the challenge for himself to want to keep playing at highest level.
"We opened the door for him to recover with our people and be one of us. It is Mr [Ed] Woodward (United chief executive) and Zlatan's agent who will deal with it."
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United splashed out £75million to land Romelu Lukaku as a replacement for Ibrahimovic, while also bringing defender Victor Lindhof to Old Trafford this summer.
But Mourinho still wants to bring in another two players before the end of the transfer window after being linked with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.
"We need more [players]," he said.
"We wanted four – 50 per cent of the job is done. We need two more players, at least one. Don't want to say Matic or another one. Everything is so difficult."