Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now ready for a potential move to the Premier League and might link up with his former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The Swedish goal machine has insisted that ‘big things will happen’ when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the season and also made it clear he is ‘in shape’ for the Premier League challenge, Daily Mirror reports.
There have been a lot of reports which suggested that 34-year-old Ibrahimovic has already agreed to sign for the new Miami Major League Soccer franchise owned by David Beckham which will launch in 2018, but is now desperately looking for a club next season before he makes his move to Stateside.
When questioned by Mirror Sport if he might move to England, the charismatic attacker said: “I have another three months here and then what will happen? Big things will happen. Let’s see what happens.”
Then asked whether he is considering the Premier League, Ibrahimovic responded quickly: “Let’s just say I am in shape for it.”
Former Chelsea manager, who thinks he is all set to succeed Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford next season, once managed the stylish 6ft 5in striker at Inter Milan and the pair still remain close enough, regularly exchanging text messages.
Earlier Mourinho was said to be trying hard to land Ibrahimovic at Chelsea next season, before his sacking in December, and there is a huge possibility that he could now revive the idea at Old Trafford.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also a keen eye for a commercial opportunity and, despite Ibrahimovic’s ageing years, he is still one of the most marketable names in world football alongside Messi-Ronaldo.
Securing the service of Ibrahimovic on a free transfer and giving him a one-year deal, even on wages above £200,000 a week, would be regarded as making a commercial as well as footballing sense.
Not that the former AC Milan and Barcelona star’s playing powers are decreasing – he scored his 134th goal in 162 matches for PSG in Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League first-leg win against Chelsea.
Ibrahimovic is a good friend of Beckham from their time together at PSG, and the Paris club’s Qatari owners are also believed to be investing in the Miami Beckham United franchise which is expected to start playing in the MLS in 2018.
The energetic striker is not yet ready to step down and it is widely believed that he finally considers a crack shot at England, a country whose football community questioned his ability for so long.
For many years, the former AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona striker suffered a surprisingly poor record against Premier League sides in Europe. He would scoff, sneer and occasionally erupt with anger at comments from England that he was not at all truly world-class.
Those doubts have finally vanished in recent years, not least after his outstanding four-goal blast for Sweden against England in Stockholm back in 2012, including a long-range stunning bicycle kick which is still regarded as one of the greatest goals of all time.
Now, Ibrahimovic is suggesting the time might be perfect for a move to Premier League. And with Jose Mourinho a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, there could obviously be only one possible English destination and it is Manchester United.