Ibrahimovic lined up for shock Man United exit!! Agent held talks with unnamed club
Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is targeted by Chinese Super League, according to latest reports.
The Swedish hitman, who joined United on a free transfer over the summer from Paris Saint-Germain, has seen his form dip recently.
One goal in his last five Premier League appearances is a proof in point.
The 35-year-old still has 12 months left to run on his present deal.
But according to The Daily Star on Sunday, an unnamed Chinese club are trying to do everything in their power to land Ibrahimovic.
The report claims the club are in contact with Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, over a possible deal.
Added to that, they are prepared to eclipse the player’s current £300,000-a-week wage packet.
However, the same report suggests United may extend Ibrahimovic’s deal to fend off suitors.
Some are suggesting, it’s time for the Old Trafford chief to consider whether there is an alternative to Ibrahimovic.
People are asking if the striker’s early-season enthusiasm has worn off and if Old Father Time is catching up with the Swedish great.
Although the ex-Inter Milan star keeps himself in great nick, time waits for no man – and your name alone does not guarantee you a starting spot at a club such as Manchester United.
He hasn’t got the legs to push his side up the pitch. And although Ibrahimovic has been a brilliant spearhead, I think that edge has been blunted by his advancing years.
Face it, Mourinho has already taken out Rooney, one of the big beasts in his dressing room.
And the Portuguese did it with style. He didn’t belittle the club legend.
In leaving Ibra on the bench for the Fenerbahce match, Mourinho was perhaps anxious to see how his side fared without the big man from Malmo.
After all, the Portuguese do have options. He can use Anthony Martial in place of Ibrahimovic, with Juan Mata as a No.10. The little Spaniard is very rarely less than eight-out-of-10.
He could also draft Marcus Rashford into pole position. Jesse Lingard, Rooney, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young and the lesser-spotted Henrikh Mkhitaryan would all have a shot at tucking in behind that three.
Until the game against Fenerbache, we were beginning to query Paul Pogba’s position. He’s struggled to find his most effective role. Again, Mourinho does have options. He could sit Marouane Fellaini next to Ander Herrera.
Or Michael Carrick alongside either.
It’s all about a balance and a blend. And I’m not convinced Mourinho has found it yet with Pogba in that side.
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